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Salsa Dancing Into the Social Sciences : Research in an Age of Info-Glut
by Kristin Luker


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"You might think that dancing doesn't have a lot to do with social research, and doing social research is probably why you picked this book up in the first place. But trust me. Salsa dancing is a practice as well as a metaphor for a kind of research that will make your life easier and better."

Savvy, witty, and sensible, this unique book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science.  Read more...


 
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Overview

"You might think that dancing doesn't have a lot to do with social research, and doing social research is probably why you picked this book up in the first place. But trust me. Salsa dancing is a practice as well as a metaphor for a kind of research that will make your life easier and better."

Savvy, witty, and sensible, this unique book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science. In this volume, Kristin Luker guides novice researchers in: knowing the difference between an area of interest and a research topic; defining the relevant parts of a potentially infinite research literature; mastering sampling, operationalization, and generalization; understanding which research methods best answer your questions; beating writer's block.

Most important, she shows how friendships, non-academic interests, and even salsa dancing can make for a better researcher.

"You know about setting the kitchen timer and writing for only an hour, or only 15 minutes if you are feeling particularly anxious. I wrote a fairly large part of this book feeling exactly like that. If I can write an entire book 15 minutes at a time, so can you."



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  • ISBN-13: 9780674048218
  • ISBN-10: 0674048210
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publish Date: April 2010
  • Page Count: 323
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds


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