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Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences : Research in an Age of Info-glut, Paperback / softback Book

Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences : Research in an Age of Info-glut Paperback / softback


"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."


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 336 pages, 2 charts
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Sociology & anthropology
  • ISBN: 9780674048218



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