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The Politics of Field Research: Sociology beyond Enlightenment / Edition 1

The Politics of Field Research: Sociology beyond Enlightenment / Edition 1

by Jaber F. Gubrium, David Silverman


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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

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ISBN-13: 9780803982260
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/01/1989
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Jaber F. Gubrium is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Missouri. He has an extensive record of research on the social organization of care in human service institutions. His publications include numerous books and articles on aging, family, the life course, medicalization, and representational practice in therapeutic context.

David Silverman is Visiting Professor in the Business School, University of Technology, Sydney, Emeritus Professor in the Sociology Department, Goldsmiths’ College and Adjunct Professor in the School of Education, Queensland University of Technology. He has lived in London for most of his life, where he attended Christ's College Finchley and did a BSc (Economics) at the London School of Economics in the 1960s. Afterwards, he went to the USA for graduate work, obtaining an MA in the Sociology Department, University of California, Los Angeles. He returned to LSE to write a Ph D on organization theory. This was published as The Theory of Organizations in 1970.

Apart from brief spells teaching at UCLA, his main teaching career was at Goldsmiths College. His three major research projects were on decision making in the Personnel Department of the Greater London Council (Organizational Work, written with Jill Jones, 1975), paediatric outpatient clinics (Communication and Medical Practice, 1987) and HIV-test counselling (Discourses of Counselling, 1997).

He pioneered a taught MA in Qualitative Research at Goldsmiths in 1985 and supervised around 30 successful Ph D students. Since becoming Emeritus Professor in 1999, he has continued publishing methodology books. David regularly runs qualitative research workshops for five universities in Sydney and Brisbane. He has also run workshops for research students in Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Sri Lanka and Tanzania. Since 2000, he has done voluntary work with people with dementia. resident in an old people’s home

Besides all this, David's other interests include classical music, literary fiction, bridge, county cricket and spending time with his grandchildren.

Table of Contents

Introduction - David Silverman and Jaber F Gubrium
Deconstructing the Field - Roy Turner
The Impossible Dreams of Reformism and Romanticism - David Silverman
Romantics and Stoics - Philip M Strong and Robert Dingwall
The Construction of a Sociological Consumer - Peter R Grahame
Local Cultures and Service Policy - Jaber F Gubrium
Corridors of Power - Don Slater
Evaluation Research and Quality Assurance - Lindsay Prior
Reconstituting the Sociology of Law - Susan Silbey and Austin Sarat
Social Research and the Rationalization of Care - Mary Simms
Ethnography Addressing the Practitioner - Michael Bloor and Neil Mc Keganey
Studying Policies in the Field - Peter Manning
Interventions in New Social Movements - Elim Papadakis

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