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Studying Cities and City Life : An Introduction to Methods of Research (Paperback) (Mark Abrahamson)
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A textbook designed to provide an introduction to the major methods of obtaining data to use in analyzing cities and social life in cities. Major chapters focus upon best practices in: field studies (participant observation), natural experiments and quasi-experiments, surveys employing probability and non-probability samples, and secondary analyses of previously published documents. A separate chapter examines a full range of questionnaires and interviews.
Each chapter includes discussion of several case studies: recent published research employing the method being discussed. This discussion highlights the issues and choices made by investigators in actual studies conducted in cities throughout the world.
This unique book is designed for use in research methods courses that primarily enroll students majoring in urban sociology, urban studies, urban geography, urban planning, and related areas.