John Levi Martin. Thinking through Methods: A Social Science Primer. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017. 269p. Paper, $30.00 (ISBN 978-0-22-643172-7). LC 2016025207.

Mary E. O’Dea


Thinking through Methods: A Social Science Primer, John Levi Martin’s new book on social science research, focuses on qualitative research methods as tools for thinking, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of social science research output. Martin, the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, undergirds his discussion of qualitative social sciences research methods with wide-ranging examples from the literature of the discipline, as he champions rigor in the work of social science research with humor and some snark.

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