Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research


a book all self-respecting social researchers should read SRA News

• What are unobtrusive methods in social research?

• How are they undertaken and what are their advantages?

• What are the problems associated with their use?

Webb et al's 1966 classic, Unobtrusive Methods introduced the concept of unobtrusive research. Since then very little else has been written in the field. This book revisits the ground covered by Webb et al, re-contextualizing it for the information age and putting the case for an increased use of unobtrusive methods.

Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research provides an updated discussion of the role of unobtrusive methods in social research. It explores the theoretical underpinnings of Webb et al's approach in order to understand more explicitly how unobtrusive methods are generated and examines some of the wider ethical issues raised by the use of unobtrusive methods in social research. In addition, it offers a discussion of using the Internet as a tool for unobtrusive research.

Unobtrusive Methods in Social Research is a worthy successor to Webb et al. It is up to date, comprehensive and clearly written. It will help undergraduates to understand what has become a standard topic on research methods courses and it is hoped that it will encourage postgraduate students and professionals to make more use of unobtrusive methods in their research.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Tim May
  • Nigel Gilbert
  • Klaus G. Troitzsch
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Philadelphia
Publication year:
  • 2000


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