Unobtrusive methods in social research

Unobtrusive methods in social research

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Webb et al's 1966 classic, Unobtrusive Methods introduced the concept of unobtrusive research. Since then very little else has been written in the field. This book revisits the ground covered by Webb et al, recontextualizing it for the information age and putting the case for an increased use of unobtrusive methods. Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research aims to provide an updated discussion of the role of unobtrusive methods in social research. It explores the theoretical underpinnings of Webb et al's approach in order to understand more explicitly how unobtrusive methods are generated and examines some of the wider ethical issues raised by the use of unobtrusive methods in social research. In addition, it offers a discussion of using the Interact as a tool for unobtrusive research. Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research is a worthy successor to Webb et al. It is up to date, comprehensive and clearly written. It will help undergraduates to understand what has become a standard topic on research methods courses and it is hoped that it will encourage postgraduate students and professionals to make more use of unobtrusive methods.In Eveland and Bicksona#39;s (1988) study, some people reported having had no communication with another individual, even though ... Search engines on the Web can return information not just about the content of particular web pages, but also about their links to other pages. Links between documents, according to Larson, can be regarded as analogous to patterns of citation and co- citation in academicanbsp;...

Title:Unobtrusive methods in social research
Author:Raymond M. Lee
Publisher:Open Univ Pr - 2000


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