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Understanding Survey Methodology

Sociological Theory and Applications

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  • Applies a sociological lens to survey methodology
  • Draws a road map forward for a cohesive paradigm in the “sociological aspects of survey
  • Highlights research on a variety of social issues of current interest

Part of the book series: Frontiers in Sociology and Social Research (FSSR, volume 4)

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This volume ambitiously applies sociological theory to create an understanding of aspects of survey methodology. It focuses on the interplay between sociology and survey methodology: what sociological theory and approaches can offer to survey research and vice versa. The volume starts with a focus on direct connections between sociological theories and their applications in survey research. It further presents cutting-edge, original research that applies the “sociological imagination” to substantive concerns important to sociologists, survey methodologists, and social scientists and includes issues such as health, immigration, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and criminal justice.

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Sociology, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, USA

    Philip S. Brenner

About the editor

Philip Brenner is a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he works in the fields of survey methodology, health research, social psychology, and the sociology of religion. Brenner is particularly interested in the measurement of normative or socially-desirable behaviors, like church attendance and physical activity and exercise. His research has focused on the reasons survey respondents overreport these behaviors; that is, why they claim that they exercise when they don't or why they report that they attend church or pray more often than they do.

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