Download Robert K. Merton: Sociology of Science and Sociology as by Craig Calhoun PDF

By Craig Calhoun

Robert okay. Merton (1910-2003) was once some of the most influential sociologists of the 20 th century, generating transparent theories and cutting edge study that proceed to form a number of disciplines. Merton's achieve should be felt within the learn of social constitution, social psychology, deviance, professions, enterprises, tradition, and technology. but for all his status, Merton is just partly understood. he's taken care of by way of students as a useful analyst, while truthfully his contributions go beyond paradigm.

Joining twelve sociologists with significant reputations within the box, Craig Calhoun launches an intensive reconsideration of Merton's achievements and evokes a renewed engagement with sociological conception. Merton's paintings addresses the demanding situations of integrating study and conception. It connects assorted fields of empirical examine and speaks to the significance of overcoming the pointy divisions among allegedly natural and utilized sociology. Merton learned the price of sociological tools that admire the institutional research of technology and data. through bringing jointly various features of his paintings in a single quantity, Calhoun illuminates the really interdisciplinary-and unifying-dimensions of Merton's method. He additionally advances the highbrow time table of an more and more proper zone of study.

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Download Researching Geography: The Indian context by Gopal Krishan,Nina Singh PDF

By Gopal Krishan,Nina Singh

This e-book is a one-stop complete advisor to geographical inquiry.



  • A step by step account of the hows and the whys of study technique.

  • Introduces scholars to the complexities of geographical standpoint and notion, necessities of fieldwork, formula of study issues, facts assortment, research and interpretation in addition to presentation and dissemination.

  • Includes inputs and particular examples to assist practitioners negotiate among thought and practice.

  • Uses a lucid, enticing and literary sort.


It may be a vital better half for researchers and scholars of geography, social sciences, and South Asian studies.

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Download Cartography and the Political Imagination: Mapping Community by Julie MacArthur PDF

By Julie MacArthur

After 4 a long time of British rule in colonial Kenya, a formerly unknown ethnic name?—?“Luyia”?—?appeared at the reputable census in 1948. The emergence of the Luyia represents a transparent case of ethnic “invention.” even as, present restrictive theories privileging ethnic homogeneity fail to give an explanation for this defiantly assorted ethnic undertaking, which now includes the second-largest ethnic staff in Kenya.

In Cartography and the Political Imagination, which encompasses social historical past, geography, and political technological know-how, Julie MacArthur unpacks Luyia origins. In so doing, she demands a shift to knowing geographic mind's eye and mapping not just as technique of imposing imperial strength and constraining colonized populations, yet as instruments for articulating new political groups and dissent. via cartography, Luyia ethnic patriots crafted an identification for themselves characterised by means of plurality, mobility, and cosmopolitan belonging.

While different historians have all for the legit maps of imperial surveyors, MacArthur scrutinizes the methods African groups followed and tailored mapping options to their very own ongoing artistic tasks. This booklet marks a major reassessment of present theories of ethnogenesis, investigates the geographic imaginations of African groups, and demanding situations modern readings of neighborhood and clash in Africa.

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Download Sociological Theory – A Contemporary View: How to Read, by Neil J. Smelser,Arlie Russell Hochschild PDF

By Neil J. Smelser,Arlie Russell Hochschild

A pithy and transparent consultant to the method of making and comparing conception within the social sciences. utilizing an easy version of idea construction and assessment--and employing it extensive to foundational and still-relevant social and fiscal theorists corresponding to Durkheim, Marx and Parsons--Neil Smelser exhibits the best way to a greater knowing of what social, political, and comparable concept is meant to accomplish...and the way it may be learn significantly.

First showing in 1971 as a monograph drawn from his undergraduate type on sociological concept, Dr. Smelser's how-to ebook is now awarded in glossy structure and together with his undying examples and causes. that includes a brand new Preface by way of the writer, in addition to a brand new Foreword by way of Arlie Russell Hochschild, this ebook makes realizing the insides of a theoretical framework as transparent as one of these daunting feat can credibly be complete. priceless for college students and researchers studying the instruments to learn every kind of thought in a serious demeanour, its republication and new presentation carry Dr. Smelser's mythical path on social idea to a brand new generation.

Quality e-book formatting comprises energetic desk of Contents, associated footnotes, legible snap shots, and associated Index of Sections. the unique web page numbers are embedded for continuity of quotation and syllabi.

Part of the Classics of the Social Sciences sequence from Quid professional Books. to be had in electronic and new paperback edition.

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Download A Natural Experiment on Electoral Law Reform: Evaluating the by Daniela Giannetti,Bernard Grofman PDF

By Daniela Giannetti,Bernard Grofman

within the early Nineteen Nineties, significant electoral reforms happened in either Italy and Japan; every one changed a kind of “proportional illustration” (in which citizens solid a poll for a celebration checklist) with a “mixed member” method (in which citizens forged ballots for person applicants and get together lists). The reforms have been enacted through political elites within the context of divisions in the dominant get together, altering styles of get together aid, and occasion splits, in efforts to continue energy whereas responding to fees of corruption, clientelism, and absence of responsibility. The studies of either international locations offer a laboratory during which to enquire the consequences and implications of the reforms, and, extra widely to research voter habit within the context of institutional swap.

The creation presents an summary of post-WWII politics and electoral reform in Italy and Japan. In all of the subsequent 4 chapters, experts in Italian and eastern electoral politics are teamed as much as evaluate facts either earlier than and after the reforms. inside this comparative framework, the authors discover such issues as adjustments in occasion festival, candidate choice mechanisms, and intra-party politics. The concluding bankruptcy considers the longer-term consequences—both expected and unanticipated—of the reforms; regardless of superficially comparable stipulations, the consequences within the nations have been dramatically assorted: in Japan, the recent process has taken carry, with minor adjustments, whereas in Italy, there has been a reversion to a proportional illustration procedure. because the essays during this quantity reveal, to appreciate why related reforms had such diverse results within the international locations we needs to research how electoral platforms are embedded in broader institutional and social preparations, and on the advanced interaction of political geography, political heritage, and the rational calculations of political actors.

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Download Die Qualität qualitativer Forschung. Analyse eines by Lydia Rüger PDF

By Lydia Rüger

Studienarbeit aus dem Jahr 2007 im Fachbereich Soziologie - Methodologie und Methoden, be aware: 1,7, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena (Institut für Sozial- und Verhaltenswissenschaften), 10 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, summary: Sobald guy beginnt, sich mit qualitativer Forschung zu beschäftigen, kommt guy nicht daran vorbei, sich zunächst zumindest gedanklich auch mit quantitativer Forschung auseinander zu setzen. Qualitative Forschung wird selten als für sich allein stehende Forschung gehandhabt, sondern ihre Berechtigung wird immer in Hinblick auf die quantitative Forschung gewertet, verglichen, und dann als berechtigtes Mittel der Datenerhebung angenommen oder verworfen.

Meines Erachtens ist dies ein natürlicher Gedankengang während des Einstiegs in die Auseinandersetzung mit qualitativer Forschung, da quantitative Forschung als Forschungsmittel wesentlich präsenter ist und sie in der allgemeinen Wissenschaft eher akzeptiert und praktiziert wird. Auf dem Gebiet der empirischen Sozialforschung mussten sich interpretative Verfahren den prestige weitgehender Akzeptanz in hartem Kampf erobern.

Zunehmend ist in den Selbstbeschreibungen von Wissenschaftsbetreibenden ein Interesse für beide Möglichkeiten zu finden. Es fällt auf, dass die Zusammenschau der Ansätze vordergründig meist zum Nachteil der qualitativen Forschung ausfällt. Insbesondere gilt dies für den Bereich der Sicherstellung von Qualität. Mittels universeller Gütekriterien versuchen quantifizierende Verfahren ihre criteria festzulegen. Nun, wo die grundsätzliche Unterlegenheit der interpretativen Verfahren kaum mehr behauptet wird, gilt es, ihnen den letzten Anschein von Beliebigkeit zu nehmen. Qualitätssicherung ist für die qualitative Forschung - der ja oft vorgeworfen wird, ihre Ergebnisse nicht wissenschaftlich ausweisen zu können – von großer Bedeutung.

Trotz unzähligem fabric und Ideen zur Güte qualitativer Forschungsstrategien, herrscht noch immer wenig Einigkeit über einen allgemeingültigen Kriterienkatalog zur Beurteilung qualitativer Arbeiten. Eine Schwierigkeit bei der Formulierung von criteria und Kriterien für die qualitative Forschung ist die Festlegung von präzisen Grenzwerten. Wann ist eine Interpretation ausreichend argumentativ begründet? Wann ist eine Methode ausreichend nah an der natürlichen Umwelt des beforschten Gegenstandes und wann ist der Forschungsprozess intersubjektiv genug um ihn nachvollziehbar zu machen?

Um einer Mythenbildung über den Zustand qualitativer Forschung in der Praxis entschieden entgegenzutreten werde ich in der folgenden Arbeit eine aktuelle durchgeführte qualitative Forschungsarbeit genauerer Betrachtung unterziehen.

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Download Visual Methodologies: An Introduction to Researching with by Gillian Rose PDF

By Gillian Rose

Now in its Fourth Edition, Visual Methodologies: An creation to studying with visible Materials is a bestselling severe advisor to the learn and research of visible tradition. latest chapters have been absolutely up-to-date to supply a rigorous exam and demonstration of someone technique in a transparent and dependent style. 

Reflecting adjustments within the means society consumes and creates its visible content material, new positive factors include:

  • Brand new chapters facing social media structures, the advance of electronic equipment and the trendy move and audiencing of analysis images
  • More 'Focus' good points covering interactive documentaries, electronic story-telling and player mapping
  • A Companion Website that includes hyperlinks to helpful additional assets on the subject of every one chapter.

A now vintage text, Visual Methodologies appeals to undergraduates, graduates, researchers and lecturers around the social sciences and arts who're trying to become familiar with the complicated debates and concepts in visible research and interpretation. 

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Download Immanuel Wallerstein and the Problem of the World: System, by David Palumbo-Liu,Nirvana Tanoukhi,Bruce Robbins,Richard E. PDF

By David Palumbo-Liu,Nirvana Tanoukhi,Bruce Robbins,Richard E. Lee,Franco Moretti

In this choice of essays, prime cultural theorists reflect on the that means and implications of world-scale humanist scholarship by way of enticing with Immanuel Wallerstein’s world-systems research. The popular sociologist built his influential serious framework to provide an explanation for the old and carrying on with exploitation of the remainder of the area by means of the West. World-systems research displays Wallerstein’s conviction that knowing worldwide inequality calls for considering on an international scale. Humanists have frequently criticized his conception as insufficiently responsive to values and items of data reminiscent of tradition, service provider, distinction, subjectivity, and the neighborhood. The editors of this assortment don't deny the validity of these criticisms; as a substitute, they give Wallerstein’s world-systems research as a well-developed imaginative and prescient of the realm scale for humanists to imagine with and opposed to. students of comparative literature, gender, geography, background, legislations, race, and sociology examine what pondering at the global scale may suggest for specific disciplinary practices, wisdom formations, and gadgets of research. a number of essays provide broader reflections on what's at stake for the examine of tradition in judgements to undertake or reject world-scale considering. In a short essay, Immanuel Wallerstein situates world-systems research vis-à-vis the humanities.

Contributors. Gopal Balakrishnan, Tani E. Barlow, Neil Brenner, Richard E. Lee, Franco Moretti, David Palumbo-Liu, Bruce Robbins, Helen Stacy, Nirvana Tanoukhi, Immanuel Wallerstein, Kären Wigen

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Download Migrant Capital: Networks, Identities and Strategies by Alessio D'Angelo,L. Ryan,U. Erel PDF

By Alessio D'Angelo,L. Ryan,U. Erel

Migrant Capital covers a vast diversity of case experiences and, via bringing jointly best and rising researchers, provides state of the art empirical, theoretical and methodological views on migration, networks, social and cultural capital, exploring the ways that those our bodies of literature can tell and increase every one other.

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Download Integration and New Limits on Citizenship Rights: Denmark by N. Stokes-DuPass PDF

By N. Stokes-DuPass

Integration and New Limits on Citizenship Rights is a state-centered research of citizenship, immigration and social id. It explores the expanding position of country states as severe actors in utilizing social coverage to impact the social situation of immigrants and ethnics and likewise to redefine what it ability to be a whole citizen.

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