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Researching Social Change

Researching Social Change
Qualitative Approaches

First Edition

March 2009 | 200 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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.
Introduction: Researching Change and Continuity
Oral and Life History
Qualitative Longitudinal Research
Time, Emotions and Research Practice

This book will undobutedly be a key reference work in the fast growing area of qualitative analyses of social change -
International Journal of Social Research Methodology

This is a scholarly and thoughtful book. It is clearly written and accessible with useful summaries of the main points at each chapter end…It provides a valuable resource for qualitative social researchers and students, being packed with references and further resources across a range of research traditions
Social Research Association News

The book has broad appeal to anyone interested in researching social change, at whatever stage they are at in their career. It provides not only a useful introduction to a range of methods but also helps the researcher to consider their positioning within their own project. The authors write enthusiastically about research and celebrate the fact that it should be a

collaborative process, two important concepts for any qualitative researcher to remember
Qualitative Research

I find this text insightful, accessible and critical. It discusses a range of considerations to research social change.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam Univ.
September 4, 2014

Excellent chapters on a range of different qualitative research approaches, that illustrate their complexities very well through discussion of specific research projects. Very good summary of points at the end of each chapter, along with helpful follow up references.

A highly valuable resource for social science researchers interested in qualitative approaches .

Dr Barbara Crossouard
Department of Education, Sussex University
May 10, 2012

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Julie McLeod

Julie McLeod is Professor in Records Management at Northumbria University. She is the Programme Leader for the MSc and BSc in  Information and Records Management distance learning courses. Her research is in records management, specifically the people, process, systems, and governance aspects, and she has directed many projects including AC+erm, the largest AHRC grant awarded for records management research. She plays an active role in the profession. See More About Author

Rachel Thomson

Rachel Thomson is Professor of Social Resaerch in the School of Health and Social Welfare. Rachel has been involved in a major longitudinal qualitative study of young people transitions to adulthood, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council since 1996 through the Children 5-16 and the Young People, Citizenship and Social Change programmes. The study is currently being archived with the support of a grant from the ESRC, and will be made available for secondary analysis (see Her research interests focus on gender identities, social change, sexuality, values, transitions and popular culture. More About Author

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