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277-278. 30 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY SOURCES OF DATA AND METHODS OF SOCIAL INVESTIGATION Having discussed the design of research we conclude the chapter with a review of the major sources of information available to the sociologist and some methods commonly used to exploit them. 1 A preliminary point to be made is that a major source of information is the work of other social scientists. This is implied in the notion of a cumulative creation of knowledge, basic to any science. The utilization of this source to formulate or test hypotheses is often referred to as secondary analysis.
2 The study was concerned with conditions in Poland encouraging migration to America in the early twentieth century and with the integration of migrants into American society. The largest single source of information was a collection of several hundred letters, written by migrants, and acquired through an advertisement in a Polish-American journal. 1 Two useful introductory textbooks are M. Duverger, op. , and W. Goode and P. Hatt, Methods in Social Research, McGraw-Hill, 1952. 2 W. I. Thomas and F.
In order to analyse the process of impression management, Goffman resorts to theatrical terminology. He sees the social actor as giving performances before various audiences and using strategies either to project an image or to maintain the continuity of a performance. The "props" for his performance include not only personal attributes such as dress, speech or manner, but also physical settings such as furniture, lighting or status symbols. g. a humorous reference to the cause of the disruption.