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Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur, Rhode Island College

Roger Clark, Rhode Island College

Copyright Year: 2021

Last Update: 2023

Publisher: Rhode Island College Digital Publishing

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • How to Use This Book
  • Section I. Introducting Social Data Analysis
  • Section II. Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Section III. Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Section IV. Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS
  • Section V. Qualitative and Mixed Methods Data Analysis with Dedoose
  • Glossary
  • Modified GSS Codebook for the Data Used in this Text
  • Works Citied
  • About the Authors

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  • About the Book

    Social data analysis enables you, as a researcher, to organize the facts you collect during your research. Your data may have come from a questionnaire survey, a set of interviews, or observations. They may be data that have been made available to you from some organization, national or international agency or other researchers. Whatever their source, social data can be daunting to put together in a way that makes sense to you and others.

    This book is meant to help you in your initial attempts to analyze data. In doing so it will introduce you to ways that others have found useful in their attempts to organize data. You might think of it as like a recipe book, a resource that you can refer to as you prepare data for your own consumption and that of others. And, like a recipe book that teaches you to prepare simple dishes, you may find this one pretty exciting. Analyzing data in a revealing way is at least as rewarding, we’ve found, as it is to cook up a yummy cashew carrot paté or a steaming corn chowder. We’d like to share our pleasure with you.

    About the Contributors


    Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur is Professor of Sociology at Rhode Island College, where she has taught a wide variety of courses including Social Research Methods, Social Data Analysis, Senior Seminar in Sociology, Professional Writing for Justice Services, Comparative Law and Justice, Law and Society, Comparative Perspectives on Higher Education, and Race and Justice. She has written a number of books and articles, including both those with a pedagogical focus (including Law and Justice Around the World, published by the University of California Press) and those focusing on her scholarly expertise in higher education (including Student Activism and Curricular Change in Higher Education, published by Routledge). She has expertise and experience in academic program review, translating research findings for policymakers, and disability accessibility in higher education, and has served as a department chair and as Vice President of the RIC/AFT, her faculty union. Outside of work, she enjoys reading speculative fiction, eating delicious vegan food, visiting the ocean, and spending time with amazing humans.

    Roger Clark is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rhode Island College, where he continues to teach courses in Social Research Methods and Social Data Analysis and to coauthor empirical research articles with undergraduate students. He has coauthored two textbooks, An Invitation to Social Research (with Emily Stier Adler) and Gender Inequality in Our Changing World: A Comparative Approach (with Lori Kenschaft and Desirée Ciambrone). He has been ranked by the USTA in its New England 60- and 65-and-older divisions, shot four holes in one on genuine golf courses, and run multiple half and full marathons. Like the Energizer Bunny, he keeps on going and going, but, given his age, leaves it to your imagination where

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