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Everyone's a Winner

Joel Best.

July 2011; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 216 pages.

Every kindergarten soccer player gets a trophy. Many high schools name dozens of seniors as valedictorians — of the same class. Cars sport bumper stickers that read “USA — Number 1.” Prizes...

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Usable Social Science

Neil J. Smelser and Bob Adamson.

October 2012; published online May 2013.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 416 pages.

This book, written by a sociologist and a banking executive, is intended to bring together strands of social-science research that are usable in organizational decision making, fashioning...

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The Extended Case Method

Michael Burawoy.

May 2009; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 360 pages.

This book develops the extended case method by connecting personal experiences among workers of the world to the great transformations of the twentieth century—the rise and fall of the...

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Biography and turning points in Europe and America

Edited by Karla B. Hackstaff and Feiwel Kupferberg.

June 2012; published online January 2013.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 272 pages.

This sociological collection advances the argument that the concepts of “biography” and "turning point" expand our understanding of life experiences from a descriptive to a deeper, more...

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Evidence versus politics

Mark Monaghan.

January 2011; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 200 pages.

The initial enthusiasm for the evidence-based policy agenda has recently been replaced with increasing scepticism. Critics point out that ‘policy-based evidence’ characterises the...

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Social policy review 22

Edited by Ian Greener, Chris Holden and Majella Kilkey.

July 2010; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 352 pages.

This edition of this series presents an up-to-date and diverse review of the best in social policy scholarship. It brings together specially commissioned reviews of key areas, research...

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Biographical methods and professional practice

Prue Chamberlayne.

March 2004; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 352 pages.

The turn to biographical methods in social science is yielding a rich harvest of research outcomes and invigorating the relationship between policy and practice. This book uses a range of...

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Researchers and their 'subjects'

Edited by Marie Smyth and Catherine Bond.

October 2004; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 240 pages.

This book examines the role of participants in research, and how research ethics can be put into practice. Specifically, the book discusses the ethical regulations and guidance governing...

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The ethics of welfare

Edited by Hartley Dean.

March 2004; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 224 pages.

This book explores the extent to which rights to welfare are related to human inter-dependency on the one hand and the ethics of responsibility on the other. Its intention is to kick-start...

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Applying social science

David Byrne.

February 2011; published online March 2012.

Book. Subjects: Social Research and Statistics. 240 pages.

In complex contemporary societies social science has become increasingly interwoven into the whole fabric of governance. At the same time there is an increasing recognition that attempts to...

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