Researching Social Change: Qualitative approaches

McLeod, Julie and Thomson, Rachel (2009) Researching Social Change: Qualitative approaches. SAGE Publications, UK. ISBN 9781412928878

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Abstract

Questions about change in social and personal life are a feature of many accounts of the contemporary world. While theories of social change abound, discussions about how to research it are much less common. This book provides a timely guide to qualitative methodologies that investigate processes of personal, generational, and historical change.

The authors showcase a range of methods that explore temporality and the dynamic relations between past, present, and future. Through case studies, they review six methodological traditions: memory work, oral/life history, qualitative longitudinal research, ethnography, inter-generational and follow-up studies. It illustrates how these research approaches are translated into research projects and considers the practical as well as the theoretical and ethical challenges they pose. Research methods are also the product of times and places, and this book keeps to the fore the cultural and historical context in which these methods developed, the theoretical traditions on which they draw, and the empirical questions they address.

Researching Social Change is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students across the social sciences who are interested in understanding and researching social change.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Social Work and Social Care
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0481 Theory. Method. Relations to other subjects
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology > HM0831 Social change
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Depositing User: Pascale Fanning-Tichborne
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 13:36
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 17:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/38531
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