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Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-Glut
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harvard Univ Pr
Publication date April 10, 2010
Pages 323
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780674048218
ISBN-10 0674048210
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $21.00
Other format details university press
Summaries and Reviews
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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. 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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from Harvard Univ Pr (October 31, 2008)
9780674031579 | details & prices | 323 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 1.25 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $29.00
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from Harvard Univ Pr (April 10, 2010)
9780674048218 | details & prices | 323 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $21.00
About: “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.

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