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The Coming Crisis?: Some Questions for the Future of Empirical Sociology in the UK
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK. (Aestethics, Culture and Media)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9067-9496
2012 (English)In: Graduate Journal of Social Science, ISSN 1572-3763, E-ISSN 1572-3763, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 40-64Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Working in commercial research, it was interesting to note that many researchers had little grounding in academic social research methods or social theory. Organizations dealing with research often took for granted that to get at ‘the truth’ involved either simply ‘talking to people’ and looking at an aggregation of opinions, or carrying out a mix of ‘pre’ and ‘post’ (usually online) surveys and ‘ad-hoc’ pieces which privilege Likert scales as the primary tool of ‘measurement’. As Mike Savage and Roger Burrows (2007) note, such industries have challenged the public legitimacy of empirical sociological inquiry. Such a challenge arguably hinges on political rhetoric around demonstrable ‘impact’ and ‘maximising efficiency’. However, a lack of attention to research design poses significant problems for the authority that these industries lay claim to. Noting sociology’s ethical value and personal experience of commercial, ‘client led’ research, this paper seeks to outline a case for the continued importance of rigorous, ethical social research in contemporary society and against narrow conceptions of impact.

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EBSCO Publishing , 2012. Vol. 9, no 2, p. 40-64
Keywords [en]
Impact, Ethical research, ‘Coming Crisis’, Mixed methods, Empirical Sociology, sociology, ethics, empiricism
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-39938OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-39938DiVA, id: diva2:773800
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2018-05-13Bibliographically approved

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