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On Social Research and Its Language (Heritage of Sociology)by Paul F. Lazarsfeld
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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.
Book News Annotation:
Eighteen essays, spanning the years 1933 to 1972, illustrate the diversity of Lazarsfeld's work and represent his thinking on substantive issues--e.g., unemployment, consumer behavior, the academic mind; methodology; and the history and sociology of social research. Includes a substantial introduction and an exhaustive bibliography of Lazarsfeld's writings.
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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
"Writings of Paul F. Lazarsfeld": p. 299-322. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents
I. Substantive Social Research
1. On Unemployment
Response to Deprivation
2. On Communication
3. On Consumer Behavior
The Analysis of Consumer Actions
4. On Voting
5. On the Academic Mind
Social Scientists and Recent Threats to Academic Freedom
Methodology of Social Research
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
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
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