Becoming a Social Science Researcher

Quest and Context
Bruce Parrott

The philosophical, sociological, and psychological dimensions of research


Becoming a Social Science Researcher is designed to help aspiring social scientists, including credentialed scholars, understand the formidable complexities of the research process. Instead of explaining specific research techniques, it concentrates on the philosophical, sociological, and psychological dimensions of social research. These dimensions have received little coverage in guides written for social science researchers, but they are arguably even more important than particular analytical techniques. Truly sophisticated social science scholarship requires that the researcher understand the intellectual and social contexts in which they collect and interpret information. While social science training in US graduate schools has become more systematic over the past two decades with numerous publications aimed at instruction, training and guidance still fall short in addressing the fundamental needs of this field.

Bruce Parrott is Professor Emeritus of European and Eurasian Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Praise / Awards

  • Becoming a Social Science Researcher makes the dual contribution of being profound about philosophical matters and being a great how-to manual for helping graduate students launch their careers.”

    —George Breslauer, University of California, Berkeley

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 336pp.
  • 3 figures, 1 table.
Available for sale worldwide

  • Hardcover
  • 2023
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-07598-0

  • $80.00 U.S.

  • Paper
  • 2023
  • Forthcoming
  • 978-0-472-05598-2

  • $34.95 U.S.

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