Research

Blog posts and resources relating to research methods in the social sciences. To start a new discussion on methods, visit the forum via the above link.

Web 2.0: Anarchy or Revolution?

With the exponential expansion even over the last few months of Web 2.0 it is important for social scientists to get a grip on the wide-reaching implications of these developments.

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Gangster Anthropologist

Jorja Leap immersed herself in the culture of Los Angeles’ notorious street gangs for over 10 years, interviewing and working with hundreds of active and former gang members.

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Rebel Manhood

With poverty now rising to levels not seen in a generation, many scholars are revisiting the still controversial theories connecting culture to class. Currently the great recession is accelerating the outsourcing and deindustrialization that has been decimating the economic well-being of all Americans for almost a generation.

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Beyond the Randomised Controlled Trial

Although the value of Randomised Controlled Trials in very specific contexts cannot be denied, any imperialist claims for its universal applicability and its use as a bench mark against which all other studies must to be measured needs to be challenged.

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Speak the Language of the Universe

Even if you’re not mathematically inclined, it is difficult to not feel inspired by Galileo’s famous statement that “mathematics is […]

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Objective truth, social ‘science’ and tennis balls

The entire purpose of social science is to apply disciplined, logical, and serious analysis to of all aspects of contemporary social life. Whether ‘scientific’ or not, this process of exploration is intrinsically valuable.

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The Importance of Studying the Obvious

Everyone has experience being human, and so findings in social science coincide with something that we have either experienced or can imagine experiencing. The result is that social science all too often seems like common sense.

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