Japanese Sociological Review
Online ISSN : 1884-2755
Print ISSN : 0021-5414
ISSN-L : 0021-5414
The Difficulty of Social Research from an American Research Perspective
Kazuo YAMAGUCHI
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2003 Volume 53 Issue 4 Pages 552-565

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As an extension based on the panel discussion in a symposium of the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Japan Sociological Society, I focus on the following five issues that I consider are relevant to the difficulty of social research. They are : (1) the concept of “the difficulty of social research;” (2) the necessity of panel surveys and its relation to the objective of social research; (3) the handling of imperfect data; (4) getting cooperation from survey subjects; and (5) informed consent and the protection of subjects' human rights.

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