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Kristin Luker examines the issues, people, and beliefs on both sides of the abortion conflict and draws data from twenty years of public documents and newspaper accounts, as well as over two hundred interviews with both pro-life and pro-choice activists.
You might think that dancing doesn't have a lot to do with social research, and doing social research is probably why you picked this book up in the first place. But trust me. Salsa dancing is a practice as well as a metaphor for a kind of research that will make your life easier and better. Savvy, witty, and sensible, this unique book is both a handbook for defining and completing a research project, and an astute introduction to the neglected history and changeable philosophy of modern social science. In this volume, Kristin Luker guides novice researchers in:<P> * Knowing the difference between an area of interest and a research topic<P> * Defining the relevant parts of a potentially infinite research literature<P> * Mastering sampling, operationalization, and generalization<P> * Understanding which research methods best answer your questions<P> * Beating writer'ss block<P> * Most important, she shows how friendships, non-academic interests, and even salsa dancing can make for a better researcher.<P>
"It is difficult to imagine a juicier subject, or a more thoughtful, fluent, trustworthy guide for its exploration."--San Francisco Chronicle A chronicle of the two decades that noted sociologist Kristin Luker spent following parents in four America communities engaged in a passionate war of ideas and values, When Sex Goes to School explores a conflict with stakes that are deceptively simple and painfully personal. For these parents, the question of how their children should be taught about sex cuts far deeper than politics, religion, or even friendship. "The drama of this book comes from watching the exceptionally thoughtful Luker try to figure [sex education] out" (Judith Shulevitz, New York Times Book Review). In doing so, Luker also traces the origins of sex education from the turn-of-the-century hygienist movement to the marriage-obsessed 1950s and the sexual and gender upheavals of the 1960s. Her unexpected conclusions make it impossible to look at the intersections of the private and the political in the same way.