Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Case studies from South Africa
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  • Publication Date: 1 March 2019
  • Dimensions and Pages: 244 x 170mm; 448pp
  • Paperback EAN: 9781776142750
  • eBook EAN: 9781776143566
  • PDF EAN: 9781776142767
  • Rights: World
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): R550.00
  • Recommended Price (USD): $40.00

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… an innovative, fascinating and unique book … The editors should be commended for their conceptualisation in bringing together this diversity of views; the contributors have written excellent, state-of-the-art chapters. It is a fine book and I recommend it highly!
— Desmond Painter, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University

… important and interesting research that contains a broad range of chapters on qualitative and quantitative research designs in the global South … an excellent resource for researchers.
— Mary van der Riet, Psychology, School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Social science researchers in the global South, and in South Africa particularly, utilise research methods in innovative ways in order to respond to contexts characterised by diversity, racial and political tensions, socioeconomic disparities and gender inequalities. These methods often remain undocumented – a gap that this book starts to address. Written by experts from various methodological fields, Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences is a comprehensive collation of original essays and cutting-edge research that demonstrates the variety of novel techniques and research methods available to researchers responding to these context-bound issues. It is particularly relevant for study and research in the fields of applied psychology, sociology, ethnography, biography and anthropology. In addition to their unique combination of conceptual and application issues, the chapters include discussions on ethical considerations relevant to the method in similar global South contexts. Transforming Research Methods in the Social Sciences has much to offer to researchers, professionals and others involved in social science research both locally and internationally.

Tables, figures and box
Preface
Acknowledgements
1. Research as practice: Contextualising applied research in the South African context
Sherianne Kramer, Angelo Fynn and Sumaya Laher

SECTION 1 QUANTITATIVE METHODS
2. Non-experimental research designs: Investigating the spatial distribution and social ecology of male homicide
Lu-Anne Swart, Sherianne Kramer, Kopano Ratele and Mohamed Seedat
3. Longitudinal designs: The RANCH-SA study
Kate Cockcroft, Paul Goldschagg and Joseph Seabi
4. Establishing factorial validity of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale
Malose Makhubela and Solomon Mashegoane
5. Using the WAIS-III to illustrate test norming strategies in multicultural contexts: A demographically stratified sampling design
Ann B. Shuttleworth-Edwards
6. Quasi-experimental designs in applied behavioural health research
Brendon R. Barnes
7. Experimental research: Randomised control trials to evaluate task-shifting interventions
Goodman Sibeko and Dan J. Stein
8. Repeated-measures factorial design: Exploring working memory interactions in earworms
Thomas Geffen and Michael Pitman
9. Q methodology: Patterns of subjectivity in academic misconduct
Gillian Finchilescu and Saloshni Muthal

SECTION 2 QUALITATIVE METHODS
10. Systematic case study research in clinical and counselling psychology
David J. A. Edwards
11. Doing psychobiography: The case of Christiaan Barnard
Roelf van Niekerk, Tracey Prenter and Paul Fouché
12. Narrative research in career counselling: The career construction interview
Jacobus G. Maree
13. Interrogating grounded theory in meaning-making of voluntary medical adult male circumcision
Lynlee Howard-Payne
14. Feminist approaches: An exploration of women’s gendered experiences
Peace Kiguwa
15. The power of critical discourse analysis: Investigating female-perpetrated sex abuse victim discourses
Sherianne Kramer
16. Using ethnomethodology and conversation analysis to study social categories: The case of racial categories in South African radio talk
Kevin A. Whitehead
17. Autoethnography: Locating the self as standpoint in post-apartheid South Africa
Jeanette Schmid
18. Genealogy in practice: Labour, discipline and power in the production of the South African mineworker
Brett Bowman, Ian Siemers and Kevin A. Whitehead

SECTION 3 TRANSPARADIGMATIC METHODS
19. Transformative mixed methods research in South Africa: Contributions to social justice
Brendon R. Barnes
20. Design Research: Developing effective feedback interventions for school-based monitoring
Elizabeth Archer
21. Appreciative inquiry as transformative methodology: Case studies in health and wellness
Kathryn Nel and Saraswathie Govender
22. Photovoice methodologies for social justice
Shose Kessi, Debbie Kaminer, Floretta Boonzaier and Despina Learmonth
23. Action and community-based research: Improving local governance practices through the community scorecard
Diana Sanchez-Betancourt and Elmé Vivier
24. Trends in social science research in Africa: Rigour, relevance and responsibility
Sumaya Laher, Angelo Fynn and Sherianne Kramer

Contributors
Index

About the Editors

Sumaya Laher is an associate professor in psychology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Angelo Fynn is a senior lecturer in psychology and a researcher in student success
at the University of South Africa.

Sherianne Kramer is a social science researcher and lecturer at the Amsterdam
University College and the Amsterdam Council on International Educational
Exchange.

… an innovative, fascinating and unique book … The editors should be commended for their conceptualisation in bringing together this diversity of views; the contributors have written excellent, state-of-the-art chapters. It is a fine book and I recommend it highly!
— Desmond Painter, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University

… important and interesting research that contains a broad range of chapters on qualitative and quantitative research designs in the global South … an excellent resource for researchers.
— Mary van der Riet, Psychology, School of Applied Human Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal

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