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On Social Research and Its Language (Heritage of Sociology)

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Without Paul F. Lazarsfeld the social sciences would not be what they are today. In his ground-breaking work on unemployment, voting, consumer behavior, and social influence, among other subjects, his methodological emphasis on vigorously controlled scientific language and structures transformed social research worldwide.

Lazarsfeld's systematic criticism of observational, conceptual, and inferential procedures in sociology led to the the formation of universally applied observational and analytical techniques, such as the panel design of observation and contextual and multivariate analysis. His methodology for empirical social research had a profound effect on all the social sciences.

The eighteen essays in On Social Research and Its Language illustrate the diversity of Lazarsfeld's substantive, methodological, and organizational interests. Spanning the years 1933 to 1972, they encompass his own works of social research, as well as writings on methodology and the history and sociology of social research. Articles on methodology—observing, classifying and building typologies, analyzing the relations between variables, qualitative analysis, and macrosociology—form the bulk of the book. In addition, Raymond Boudon provides a revealing biography of Lazarsfeld and his influence on sociology.

These classic writings by a formative figure of modern social science will be an indispensable reference for scholars across the historical and social science disciplines.

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AcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. Substantive Social Research1. On UnemploymentResponse to Deprivation2. On CommunicationAudience Research3. On Consumer BehaviorThe Analysis of Consumer Actions4. On VotingPolitical Perception5. On the Academic MindSocial Scientists and Recent Threats to Academic FreedomMethodology of Social Research6. ObservingThe Controversy over Detailed Interviews: An Offer for NegotiationProblems of Survey AnalysisThe Use of Panels in Social Research7. Classifying and Building TypologiesSome Remarks on Typological Procedures in Social ResearchA Digression on Disposition Concepts8. Analyzing the Relations between VariablesOn the Relation between Individual and Collective PropertiesMutual Relations over Time of Two Attributes: A Review and Integration of Various Approaches9. Qualitative AnalysisSome Functions of Qualitative Analysis in Social Research10. MacrosociologyMacrosociology11. The Relevance of MethodologyMethodological Problems in Empirical Social ResearchIII. History and Sociology of Social Research12. Sociology of Social ResearchThe Sociology of Empirical Social Research13. History of Social ResearchNotes on the History of Quantification in Sociology: Trends, Sources, and ProblemsMax Weber and Empirical Social ResearchThe Writings of Paul F. LazarfeldName and Title IndexSubject Index

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Acknowledgments

Introduction

I. Substantive Social Research

1. On Unemployment

Response to Deprivation

2. On Communication

Audience Research

3. On Consumer Behavior

The Analysis of Consumer Actions

4. On Voting

Political Perception

5. On the Academic Mind

Social Scientists and Recent Threats to Academic Freedom

Methodology of Social Research

6. Observing

The Controversy over Detailed Interviews: An Offer for Negotiation

Problems of Survey Analysis

The Use of Panels in Social Research

7. Classifying and Building Typologies

Some Remarks on Typological Procedures in Social Research

A Digression on Disposition Concepts

8. Analyzing the Relations between Variables

On the Relation between Individual and Collective Properties

Mutual Relations over Time of Two Attributes: A Review and Integration of Various Approaches

9. Qualitative Analysis

Some Functions of Qualitative Analysis in Social Research

10. Macrosociology

Macrosociology

11. The Relevance of Methodology

Methodological Problems in Empirical Social Research

III. History and Sociology of Social Research

12. Sociology of Social Research

The Sociology of Empirical Social Research

13. History of Social Research

Notes on the History of Quantification in Sociology: Trends, Sources, and Problems

Max Weber and Empirical Social Research

The Writings of Paul F. Lazarfeld

Name and Title Index

Subject Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226469614
Editor:
Boudon, Raymond
Author:
Boudon, Raymond
Author:
Lazarsfeld, Paul F.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Sociology
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Sociology -- Methodology.
Subject:
Social sciences -- Methodology.
Subject:
Sociology-Reference and Methodology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Heritage of Sociology Series
Publication Date:
19931131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
13 line drawings, 37 tables
Pages:
342
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , AcknowledgmentsIntroductionI. Substantive Social Research1. On UnemploymentResponse to Deprivation2. On CommunicationAudience Research3. On Consumer BehaviorThe Analysis of Consumer Actions4. On VotingPolitical Perception5. On the Academic MindSocial Scientists and Recent Threats to Academic FreedomMethodology of Social Research6. ObservingThe Controversy over Detailed Interviews: An Offer for NegotiationProblems of Survey AnalysisThe Use of Panels in Social Research7. Classifying and Building TypologiesSome Remarks on Typological Procedures in Social ResearchA Digression on Disposition Concepts8. Analyzing the Relations between VariablesOn the Relation between Individual and Collective PropertiesMutual Relations over Time of Two Attributes: A Review and Integration of Various Approaches9. Qualitative AnalysisSome Functions of Qualitative Analysis in Social Research10. MacrosociologyMacrosociology11. The Relevance of MethodologyMethodological Problems in Empirical Social ResearchIII. History and Sociology of Social Research12. Sociology of Social ResearchThe Sociology of Empirical Social Research13. History of Social ResearchNotes on the History of Quantification in Sociology: Trends, Sources, and ProblemsMax Weber and Empirical Social ResearchThe Writings of Paul F. LazarfeldName and Title IndexSubject Index
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