The paper "Development of Genetically Modified Foods" is a great example of an annotated bibliography on sociology. Research Question: Does the development of Genetically Modified foods solve the problem of food insecurity and undernourishment in the world? Hypothesis – if appropriate: Development of the GMO technology has failed to address the food insecurity and undernourishment problems in many parts of the world. Aims and Objectives: To find out whether the existence of GMO technology is helping to fight the problem of food insecurity and undernourishment. The objectives are 1. To determine the level of food insecurity in the world 2.
To determine the role played by GMOs in reducing food scarcity 3. To find out the issues surrounding the infectivity of GMOs in reducing world hunger and undernourishment. Annotated Resource #1 O’ Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage publications Limited. Brief comment on Author’ s background/ bias/ credibility: Dr. Zina O’ Leary being a senior lecturer has a sociological background which makes her biased to social movements, social theory, research methods, and change management. Currently, she is involved in scholarship and teaching research methodologies. A brief comment on the nature of the intended audience: The focus of the author was the researcher and student and the general academic community.
She seeks to help students and researchers because they are the ones with the need to know how to conduct research. Brief summary: ‘ O’ Leary discusses how to do things such as the determination of the right size of the sample and to handling political processes in evaluative research. She then goes beyond the other introductory research texts that explain how to do things only. She focuses on the practical as she stresses the need for ‘ doability’ in the process of planning and carrying out any research.
The author puts emphasis on the fact that any good research must be viewed as the process through which a person does a constant assessment of his work and decision making on how to acquire good data as well as results.
O’Leary, Z. (2004) The Essential Guide to Doing Research. London: Sage.
O'Leary, Z. (2005) Researching Real-World Problems: A Guide to Methods of Inquiry. London: Sage.
Young T. (2004). Genetically modified organisms and Bio safety: A back ground paper for decision makers and others to assist in consideration of GMO issues. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge UK.
Berger, P. and Luckmann, T. (1967) The social construction of reality: a treatise in the sociology of knowledge, New York: Anchor.
Evenson E. R. (2003) GMOs: Prospects for increased crop productivity in developing countries; Yale University economic growth centre.
Birgit M. (2006) GMOs; Global objects of contention; Stichting Focaal.
Flachowsky, G; Chesson, A; Aulrich, K. (2005). "Animal nutrition with feeds from genetically modified plants". Archives of Animal Nutrition 59 (1): 1.
Engdahl, F. Wm. (2007). Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. Montreal: Global Research. pp. 360
Blaxter, L., Hughes, C. & Tight, M. (2001) ‘Reading for research’, in How to research, 2nd ed, Maidenhead, Berks : Open University Press, Chapter 4, pp. 97-129
Bouma, G.D. (2004) The research process, 5th ed, South Melbourne: Oxford University Press