Skip to navigation – Site map

HomeContentsLes livres2017Evidence



Howard S. Becker, Evidence, Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2017, 223 p., ISBN : 9780226466378.
Notice published 07 September 2017

Publisher's presentation

When you read in the newspaper that "research has shown X, Y and Z", do you ever ask yourself how research has done that? It's not as simple as it may seem. In fact, Howard S. Becker argues, it's the hardest thing to do. You can easily dream up new ideas, but scientific studies can't just state new ideas. They have to produce evidence, data that show that a new idea is supported by observations gatheredin a rigorous way. But the biggest problems in social science arise when the facts offered have explanations other than the one scientist is hoping to prove.

Top of page


Howard S. Becker

Howard S. Becker is a master of his discipline. His reputation as a teacher, as well as a sociologist, is supported by his best-selling quartet of sociological guidebooks: Writing for Social Scientists, Tricks of the Trade, Telling About Society, and What About Mozart? What About Murder?

Publications by the same author

Top of page
Search OpenEdition Search

You will be redirected to OpenEdition Search