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  • Balmer, Andrew S., 1983- author.
  • Sociology -- Authorship.
  • Academic writing.
  • Rhetoric.
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    The craft of writing in sociology : developing the argument in undergraduate essays and dissertations / Andrew Balmer and Anne Murcott.
    by Balmer, Andrew S., 1983- author.
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    Manchester, United Kingdom : Manchester University Press, [2017]
  • Sociology -- Authorship.
  • Academic writing.
  • Rhetoric.
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    viii, 201 pages ; 20 cm
    Introduction to the book -- Part I. Principles and practices of writing and argumentation: -- 1. Reading critically and making notes -- 2. Making an argument -- 3. Beginnings in detail -- 4. Middles in detail -- 5. Endings in detail -- 6. Editing and proof-reading -- 7. Detailed case studies of student examples -- 8. Writing a dissertation -- Part II. Tips and techniques: -- 9. Choosing an essay question -- 10. How to decide what to read -- 11. How to get past writer's block -- 12. Rhetorical questions: should I use them? -- 13. How to cut your essay down to length -- 14. Making use of feedback -- Part III. Spelling, grammar and punctuation: -- 15. The basics of spelling, grammar and punctuation -- 16. Common spelling and vocabulary mistakes.
    "This book is an essential guide to writing coherent and convincing academic essays in sociology. It demystifies the process of constructing an argument, covering everything from reading critically and keeping notes through to redrafting and proofing. The book explores how to structure a compelling argument, starting from an essay's opening paragraphs, building evidence and sequencing key points in the middle, through to pulling together a punchy conclusion. It then shows the reader how to apply these lessons to a longer piece of writing, such as a dissertation, as well as how to solve common problems experienced in writing. This includes getting rid of waffle, overcoming writer's block and cutting an essay down to its required length. Throughout, the reader is provided with examples from essays written by sociology students at leading universities, along with notes on what has been done well, what could be done better and how the work could be improved using the techniques discussed"--Back cover.
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