Delinquency Research: An Appraisal of Analytic Methods by Hanan Selvin

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4. An excellent introduction to table reading is in W. Allen Wallis and Harry V. Roberts, The Nature of Statistics. New York: The Free Press, 1962, Chapter 9. ) For a more detailed account of table reading, see Hans Zeisel, Say It With Figures. New York: Harper & Row, 1957. 5. Several vivid accounts of the process of research are contained in Phillip E. , Sociologists at Work. New York: Basic Books, 1964. 6. We shall consider some of these attacks in Chapter 2. For a penetrating discussion of the humanists' image of sociology, see Bennett M.

By the same token, I would not today be willing to grant that the dispute between developmental models and multivariate analysis (pp. 6668) is methodological in character, Page xiv or even that it is a meaningful dispute. In the example analyzed, an approach to marijuana use through observation, definition, and logic is pitted against an approach through quantitative data and multivariate analysis. We entered the debate on the side of statistical analysis because it was then generally assumed that analytic and enumerative induction were somehow opposed to one another as methodological perspectives.

For social research we can even provide some evidence that there are artistic and subjective components. In the spring of 1963 an experiment on the analysis of data was conducted at the Survey Research Center of the University of California, Berkeley. The participants were three experienced investigators: Charles Y. Glock, William L. Nicholls, II, and Martin A. Trow. As it happened, all three had done their graduate study at the same university (Columbia), all had worked in close proximity for several years, and all had taught the same course in methodology with one of us (Selvin).

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