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Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-glut


reviewed by Donald K. Sharpes July 21, 2009

coverTitle: Salsa Dancing into the Social Sciences: Research in an Age of Info-glut
Author(s): Kristin Luker
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0674031571, Pages: 336, Year: 2008
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Salsa dancing? In the social sciences no less? Yes, according to Professor Luker. Salsa dancing stimulates neurons as well as hormones and makes you think creatively, apparently even on the dance floor. At best her book-long metaphor certainly elicits more fun than the traditional concept of social science researchers sitting in focus groups or interviewing factory workers to gain inspiration and gather empirical evidence. Social realities, she says, have changed, but not the methodology. So if it’s dancing you want while whiling away your time thinking of academic pursuits, then this lively text is for you, but only if you have been exposed to the most elementary research methodology. It’s billed as the social sciences but just as easily could pass for an introductory text in research methods. Professor Luker has honed her writing skills to make methodology accessible and to convince beginning researchers and her students that research can be... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 21, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15723, Date Accessed: 4/24/2018 6:47:28 PM

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  • Donald Sharpes
    Arizona State University
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    DONALD K SHARPES, Ph.D. is Professor in the Emeritus College at Arizona State University, a former research associate at Stanford University and director in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington DC. He has taught at the universities of Maryland, Maine, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Utah State, Weber State and Arizona State. He did postdoctoral studies at the University of Sussex, was a Visiting Scholar at Oxford University in 19981999, and has lived and worked in the Middle East. He has authored 18 books and over 240 articles in the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and teacher education. He has been a foreign correspondent for The Salt Lake Tribune, and a contributor to several newspapers. He has been published in the U.S., England, Finland, Norway, Germany (in German), India, Malaysia, China (in Chinese), Hong Kong, and Denmark (in Danish). He has been awarded three Fulbright scholarships, one each to Malaysia, Cyprus and Denmark. He has been sponsored by the governments of Malaysia, China, South Africa, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and universities throughout the world. He was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Qinghai Normal University from 1988-94, and was the first American inducted as a Fellow in the China Senior Professors Association. In 2008 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Studies group of the American Educational Research Association.
 
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