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Essays on the History of British Sociological Research - Martin Bulmer

Essays on the History of British Sociological Research


Published: 2nd February 2004
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This book traces the history of British sociology and empirical social research over the last hundred years. Its coverage includes the census of population, the classic poverty surveys of Booth and Rowntree, the slow growth of social science between the wars, Mass-Observation, the rise of the Government Social Survey, the establishment of academic sociology after 1945 outside Oxford and Cambridge, and independent initiatives such as the foundation of the Institute of Community Studies. A concluding section considers the uses made of British sociology, the place of the citizen as the subject of research, social surveys for policy-making, and the sucess of social science in predicting the future. These essays reflect the interests of the distinguished British sociologist, the late Philip Abrams. In addition to him the contributors include a number of distinguished sociologists such as A/H. Halsey, Hannan C. Selvin, Edward Shils, Peter Townsend, and Peter Willmott as well as several well-known younger scholars.

The development of sociology and of empirical social research in Britain
Social monitors: population censuses as social surveys
The emergence of the sociological survey, 1887-1939
Durkheim, Booth and Yule: the non-diffusion of an intellectual innovation
The Governmental Social Survey
Methodological research on sample surveys: a review of developments in Britain
Mass-Observation 1937-1949
The Institute of Community Studies
Provincials and professionals: the British post-war sociologists
On the eve: a prospect in retrospect
The uses of British sociology, 1831-1981
Informants, respondents and citizens
Surveys of poverty to promote democracy
Reading the palm of the invisible hand: indicators, progress and prediction
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ISBN: 9780521254779
ISBN-10: 0521254779
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 2nd February 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48