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Drawing on more than four decades of experience as a researcher and teacher, Howard Becker now brings to students and researchers the many valuable techniques he has learned. Tricks of the Trade will help students learn how to think about research projects. Assisted by Becker's sage advice, students can make better sense of their research and simultaneously generate fresh ideas on where to look next for new data. The tricks cover four broad areas of social science: the creation of the "imagery" to guide research; methods of "sampling" to generate maximum variety in the data; the development of "concepts" to organize findings; and the use of "logical" methods to explore systematically the implications of what is found. Becker's advice ranges from simple tricks such as changing an interview question from "Why?" to "How?" (as a way of getting people to talk without asking for a justification) to more technical tricks such as how to manipulate truth tables.

Becker has extracted these tricks from a variety of fields such as art history, anthropology, sociology, literature, and philosophy; and his dazzling variety of references ranges from James Agee to Ludwig Wittgenstein. Becker finds the common principles that lie behind good social science work, principles that apply to both quantitative and qualitative research. He offers practical advice, ideas students can apply to their data with the confidence that they will return with something they hadn't thought of before.

Like Writing for Social Scientists, Tricks of the Trade will bring aid and comfort to generations of students. Written in the informal, accessible style for which Becker is known, this book will be an essential resource for students in a wide variety of fields.

"An instant classic. . . . Becker's stories and reflections make a great book, one that will find its way into the hands of a great many social scientists, and as with everything he writes, it is lively and accessible, a joy to read."and#8212;Charles Ragin, Northwestern University

Synopsis:

Assisted by Becker's sage advice, students can make better sense of their research and simultaneously generate fresh ideas on where to look next for new data. The tricks cover four broad areas of social science: the creation of "imagery" to guide research; methods of "sampling" to generate maximum variety in the data; the development of "concepts" to organize findings; and the use of "logical" methods to explore systematically the implications of what is found. 5 tables.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-228) and index.

About the Author

Howard S. Becker is the author of several books, including

Table of Contents

Preface

1. Tricks

2. Imagery

3. Sampling

4. Concepts

5. Logic

Coda

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226041247
Author:
Becker, Howard S.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Becker, Howard Saul
Location:
Chicago, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Composition & Creative Writing - Academic
Subject:
Report writing
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Academic writing
Subject:
Sociology -- Authorship.
Subject:
Sociology-Reference and Methodology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
Series Volume:
GTR-389
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 halftone, 5 tables
Pages:
239
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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