Michael Crotty systematically outlines the main theoretical positions which underpin social research methods.
The Foundations of Social Research links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology. The major epistemological stances and theoretical perspectives that colour and shape current social research are detailed: positivism, constructionism, interpretivism, critical inquiry, feminism and postmodernism. Crotty reveals the philosophical origins of these schools of inquiry and shows how various disciplines contribute to the practice of social research as it is known today.
The Foundations of Social Research is essential reading for new and experienced researchers, students and professionals, in the social and health sciences.
' .a wonderful piece of writing, expounding the philosophical and theoretical considerations of the research process for social researchers in a clear, fair minded and friendly way.'
Clive Seale, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, University of London