Research data are everywhere. In our everyday interactions, through social media, credit cards and even public transport, we generate and use data. The challenge for sociologists is how to collect, analyse and make best use of these vast arrays of information.
The book provides up to date and accessible material of interest to diverse audiences, including students and teachers of research design and methods, as well as policy analysis and social media.
"Periodic reflection on where we are and where we might be heading is useful. Linda Mckie and Louise Ryan’s book treats this as an urgent task for sociological researchers, mindful too of the past… There is much here to hearten sociologists anxious about the discipline’s prospects"
Graham Crow, University of Edinburgh, Network
Introduction, Linda McKie and Louise Ryan Part I: Big Data, Big Issues 1. Big Data Economies and Ecologies, Evelyn Ruppert2.Minority Communities in Britain: Pathways to success as revealed by big data, Richard Webber and Trevor Phillips 3. Digging Deeper: Big data, elites and investigative research, David Miller and William Dinan 4. ‘Studying Up’ in the Era of Big Data, Roger Burrows 5. Critically Engaging with Social Media Research Methods, Dhiraj Murthy Part II: Mixing Methods: Research and teaching 6. Explanation and Empirical Social Research: Getting beyond description whilst still making it interesting!, David Byrne 7. Towards a Quantitative Feminist Methodology: The Possibilities of a methodological oxymoron, Rachel Cohen 8. Beyond the Interview: Ethnicity/‘Race’ in sociological research, Annabel Tremlett and Roxy Harris 9. Social Network Analysis: A mixed method approach, Alessio D’Angelo and Louise Ryan 10. Making Sociology Count: Some evidence and context in the teaching of quantitative methods in the UK, Malcolm Williams, Geoff Payne and Luke Sloane Epilogue: From the ‘Coming Crisis’ to the ‘Green Shoots of Recovery’?, Mike Savage
Sociological Futures aims to be a flagship series for new and innovative theories, methods and approaches to sociological issues and debates and ‘the social’ in the 21st century. This series of monographs and edited collections was inspired by the vibrant wealth of British Sociological Association (BSA) symposia on a wide variety of sociological themes. Edited by a team of experienced sociological researchers, and supported by the BSA, it covers a wide range of topics related to sociology and sociological research and will feature contemporary work that is theoretically and methodologically innovative, has local or global reach, as well as work that engages or reengages with classic debates in sociology bringing new perspectives to important and relevant topics.
The BSA is the professional association for sociologists and sociological research in the United Kingdom, with an extensive network of members, study groups and forums, and a dynamic programme of events. The Association engages with topics ranging from auto/biography to youth, climate change to violence against women, alcohol to sport, and Bourdieu to Weber. This book series represents the finest fruits of sociological enquiry, for a global audience, and offers a publication outlet for sociologists at all career and publishing stages, from well-established to emerging sociologists, BSA or non-BSA members, from all parts of the world.