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Business of Research: Issues of Policy and Practice

ISBN: 978-0-631-22824-0
160 pages
August 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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The politics and practice of social research nowadays amount more to a form of business activity, than to a scholarly pursuit. This collection of specially commissioned papers offers an unrivalled introduction to the realities and pitfalls of undertaking funded research, with reference to a kaleidescopic range of projects and forms of project management.
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Table of Contents

1. Editorial Introduction: Catherine Jones Finer and Gillian Lewando Hundt.

2. Funding Social Science Research in Academia: Janet Lewis.

3. The Politics of Partnership in Tropical Public Health: Researching Tuberculosis Control in India: Jessica A. Ogden and John D. H. Porter.

4. Recognizing Diversity and Group Processes in International, Collaborative Research Work: A Case Study: Elizabeth Ettorre.

5. Integrating Participation into Research and Consultancy: A Conservation Example From Arabia: Dawn Chatty.

6. Multiple Scripts and Contested Discourse in Disseminating Research Findings: Gillian Lewando Hundt.

7. Researching a Contemporary Archive: Catherine Jones Finer.

8. Researching Homelessness and Rough Sleeping in the Scottish Context: Hilary Third.

9. Researching Risk in the Probation Service: Hazel Kemshall.

10. Synthesizing Research and Practice: Using the Action Research Approach in Health Care Settings: Paul Bate.

11. Balncing Research and Action: Reflections on an Action Research Project in a Social Services Department: Jan Waterson.

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Author Information

Catherine Jones Finer is Senior Associate Member of St Antony's College Oxford, Reader in Comparative Social Policy (retired) at the University of Birmingham, and editor of special and regional isues of Social Policy and Administration.

Gillian Lewando-Hundt is Professor of Social Sciences in Health in the School of Health and Social Studies at the University of Warwick. Her current research interests are in the fields of sociology of health, medical anthropology, social policy and public health. She currently conducting reseach in Kenya, South Africa, the Middle East and England. She is the founding Director of a multidisciplinary Institute of Health within the Faculty of Social Studies at the University of Warwick.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • Honest and informative about the realities of managing research projects, especially where numbers of people and/or different teams are involved.

  • Confronts key ethical dilemmas involved in research conduct & reportage.

  • Exposes some of the contradictions of the British academic establishment's approach to the financing, conduct and evaluation of social research on the part of university academics.
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