The Politics of Field Research

Sociology Beyond Enlightenment

Author: G. Gubernatis

Publisher: SAGE Publications Limited


Category: Social Science

Page: 264

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Sociological field research faces mounting pressures to examine its theoretical and methodological basis, its political origins and effects. This book draws on the contributors' extensive fieldwork experience to address the questions raised. What is the nature of the `field'? What can or should social research offer to funding agencies, social groups, the researcher and the subjects of the research? The contributors explore the political and philosophical context of social field research in general, and examine its role in particular fields of study such as service policy, advertising and management. They investigate the ways in which social research has been used in the field through detailed examples including community care and therapeut

Theory and Method in Socio-Legal Research

Author: Reza Banakar,Max Travers

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1847316913

Category: Law

Page: 392

View: 8137


Socio-legal researchers increasingly recognise the need to employ a wide variety of methods in studying law and legal phenomena, and the need to be informed by an understanding of debates about theory and method in mainstream social science. The papers in this volume illustrate how a range of topics, including EU law, ombudsmen, judges, lawyers, Shariah Councils and the quality assurance industry can be researched from a socio-legal perspective. The objective of the collection is to show how different methods can be used in researching law and legal phenomena, how methodological issues and debates in sociology are relevant to the study of law, and the importance of the debate between "structural" and "action" traditions in researching law. It also approaches the methodological problem of how sociology of law can address the content of legal practice from a variety of perspectives and discusses the relationship between pure and applied research. The editors provide a critical introduction to each of the six sections, and a general introduction on law, sociology and method. The collection will provide an invaluable resource for socio-legal researchers, law school researchers and postgraduates.

Conflicts of Care

Hospital Ethics Committees in the USA and Germany

Author: Helen Kohlen

Publisher: Campus Verlag

ISBN: 3593388146

Category: Medical

Page: 251

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Since the 1980s, increasing numbers of hospitals in the United States have formed internal ethics committees to help doctors and other health care professionals deal with complicated ethical questions, especially those regarding the end of a life. But it is only in recent years that German hospitals have followed suit. In Conflicts of Care, Helen Kohlen offers the first comprehensive look at the origin and function of these committees in German hospitals. Using a mix of archival research, participant observation, and interviews, Kohlen explores the debates that surrounded their formation and the functions they have taken on since their creation.

Culture and Processes of Adult Learning

Author: Richard Edwards,Ann Hanson,Mary Thorpe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136140522

Category: Education

Page: 300

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The authors provide a variety of perspectives on the conceptualisation of adult learning, drawing on sociology, psychology, adult education and applied research into how adults experience learning. Bringing together a number of major contributions to current debates about what learning during adulthood is for, what motivates learning, and how best it might be developed, the authors address a range of significant issues: What should be the context of learning programmed for adults, and who should decide? What are the implications in general and for women in particular of the current emphasis on learning for work, at work? How do adults learn and how is learning best facilitated? How might learning be used to empower individuals, communities and organisations?

The GM Debate

Risk, Politics and Public Engagement

Author: Tom Horlick-Jones,John Walls,Gene Rowe,Nick Pidgeon,Wouter Poortinga,Department of Social Sciences Graham Murdock,Graham Murdock,Tim O'Riordan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134162650

Category: Political Science

Page: 240

View: 6168


This book tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in public participation: the government-sponsored debate on the possible commercialization of ‘GM’ crops in the UK. Giving a unique and systematic account of the debate process, this revealing volume sets it within its political and intellectual contexts, and examines the practical implications for future public engagement initiatives. The authors, an experienced team of researchers, produce a conceptually-informed and empirically-based evaluation of the debate, drawing upon detailed observation of both public and behind-the-scenes aspects of the process, the views of participants in debate events, a major MORI-administered survey of public views, and details of media coverage. With innovative methodological work on the evaluation of public engagement and deliberative processes, the authors analyze the design, implementation and effectiveness of the debate process, and provide a critique of its official findings. The book will undoubtedly be of interest to a wide readership, and will be an invaluable resource for researchers, policy-makers and students concerned with cross-disciplinary aspects of risk, decision-making, public engagement, and governance of technology.

Essays on Professions

Author: Professor Robert Dingwall

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409491196

Category: Social Science

Page: 186

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Over the past 30 years Robert Dingwall has published an influential series of articles on the professions, especially law and medicine. This represents a substantial and coherent body of work in an important sub-discipline of sociology. This volume assembles the best of these writings in one single accessible place. The ten essays are republished in their original form, each bearing the traces of the time and place it was written. In sum, they provide a fascinating account of an academic journey. They are introduced with a foreword from the author, who places the work in context and offers some thoughts about how the work might be used by scholars in developing the field, to evaluate, for example, the effects of the New Labour period on professional autonomy. The essays will be indispensable to sociologists with a general interest in the professions and to scholars of law, medicine and business.

Reflexive Ethnography

A Guide to Researching Selves and Others

Author: Charlotte Aull Davies

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113676349X

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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Reflexive Ethnography is a unique guide to ethnographic research for students of anthropology and related disciplines. It provides practical and comprehensive guidance to ethnographic research methods, but also encourages students to develop a critical understanding of the philosophical basis of ethnographic authority. Davies examines why reflexivity, at both personal and broader cultural levels, should be integrated into ethnographic research and discusses how this can be accomplished for a variety of research methods. This revised and updated second edition includes: a new chapter on internet-based research and ‘interethnography’ chapters on selection of topics and methods, data collection and analysis, and ethics and politics of research practical advice on writing up ethnographic study new and updated research examples. Postmodernist relativism can lead to an over-emphasis on reflexivity that denies the possibility of social research. Reflexive Ethnography utilises postmodernist insights – incorporation of different standpoints, exposure of the intellectual tyranny of meta-narratives – but proposes that reflexive ethnographic research be undertaken from a realist perspective. Reflexive Ethnography will help students to use and understand ethnographic research practices that fully incorporate reflexivity without abandoning claims to develop valid knowledge of social reality.

A Sociology of Australian Society

Introductory Readings

Author: Jake M. Najman,John Stuart Western

Publisher: N.A


Category: Australia

Page: 641

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Revised edition of an introductory sociology text which includes two new chapters on rural Australia and higher education, and an expanded introduction. Considers the major structural division of society, and describes subsequent behaviour patterns. Deals with current issues and concerns, such as social disadvantage. Includes references and an index. The editors teach sociology at the University of Queensland. The 24 contributors have qualifications in fields such as sociology, politics and anthropology. Published simultaneously in hardback.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Society and Evil

Author: Stanford M. Lyman

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780930390815

Category: Humor

Page: 355

View: 1130


A study of sloth, lust, anger, pride, envy, gluttony, and greed.

Redefining Modernism and Postmodernism

Author: Şebnem Toplu,Hubert Zapf

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443823066

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 395

View: 6009


Literary and cultural studies in the later twentieth century were very much shaped by debates about modernism and postmodernism as labels for successive periods, but also for different competing interpretations of recent cultural history. In the twenty-first century, the shock waves that were sent through the global system on political, cultural, economic, and ecological levels by terrorist attacks, regional conflicts, poverty, the financial crisis and the threat of environmental disaster raise anew the question of how and to what extent the tradition of modernity can be newly defined in a situation where the problematic aspects of these ideas have rightly been exposed, but where they nevertheless appear to be crucial for any responsible assessment of contemporary world culture and its future perspectives. Redefining Modernism and Postmodernism offers a collection of critical articles that resulted from the International Cultural Studies Symposium at Ege University, Izmir, Turkey in 2009. Scholars from around the world have contributed to this volume reflecting the current perspective on modernism and postmodernism, shedding new light on literature, literary theory, philosophy, politics, religion, film and art. Providing an account of this field, this book enables readers to navigate the subject by introducing essays on transformations of modernism and postmodernism in the twenty-first century, and the debates beyond the modernism/postmodernism dichotomy.