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Investigating the Social World The Process and Practice of Research, 7th Edition

A student-friendly textbook that introduces the most cutting-edge research methods applied to engaging social issues

In this new Seventh Edition of his perennially successful social research text, author Russell K. Schutt, an award-winning researcher and teacher, continues to make research come alive through research stories that illustrate the methods presented in each chapter. Through numerous examples and hands-on exercises that help students learn by doing, Investigating the Social World, Seventh Edition helps readers understand research methods as an integrated whole. Readers will learn to appreciate the value of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies and understand the need to make ethical research decisions, while also learning about contemporary social issues like homelessness, drug abuse, disasters, and the effects of social networking on interpersonal relations.


“It has the best balance between qualitative and quantitative methods of any book on the market. Very good on measurements and scientific methods. Good issues (interdisciplinary) on ethics.”

(Cynthia J. Buckley)

“[Schutt’s] strengths: clear identification of key issues in research design (i.e. measurement, sampling and causation) as well as major data collection techniques. I will continue to use it.”

(Deborah Bhattacharyya)

“Its chief virtue is its use of research examples to illustrate methodological concepts and its readability. My students have found Schutt’s book more engaging and accessible than other method texts. I will continue to use it because it works.”

(Mark Shibley)

“Students find the prose both accessible and . . . interesting. One student commented recently, ‘For a textbook, especially a methods one, it is almost enjoyable to read.’”

(Adam Weinberg) –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Russell K. Schutt, PhD, is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston and lecturer on sociology in the department of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical Center. He received his BA, MA, and PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago and was a postdoctoral fellow in the NIMH-funded Sociology of Social Control program at Yale University.  In addition to Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research (SAGE), his books include Homelessness, Housing, and Mental Illness (Harvard University Press)and Organization in a Changing Environment (SUNY Press). Dr. Schutt’s peer-reviewed publications range in focus from the effect of social context on cognition, satisfaction, and functioning to the service preferences of homeless persons and service personnel and the social factors in legal decisions. His research, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Veterans Administration, and state and local agencies, has included a randomized trial of housing options for homeless mentally ill persons, a randomized trial of a peer support program for dually diagnosed veterans, an evaluation of a state-level comprehensive care program, an evaluation of a youth violence reduction program, and a test of a program to improve community health workers’ knowledge of cancer clinical trials. He is a past recipient of the University of Massachusetts, Boston Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 648 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications, Inc; 7th edition (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412999804
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412999809
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 1 inches

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