Chapter 2. The process and problems of social research. Social research is done through the process of:. Specifying a research question Developing an appropriate research strategy Choosing appropriate units of analysis Conforming to scientific and ethical guidelines.
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The process and problems of
Feasibility: Can you start and finish an investigation
with available resources and in the time allotted?
Social importance: Will the answer make a difference
in the social world, even if it only helps people
understand a problem?
Scientific relevance: Does your question help resolve
some contradictory research findings or a puzzling
issue in social theory?