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Essays on the History of British Sociological Research

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Martin Bulmer, C. Hakim, Raymond Kent, Hannan C. Selvin, Christopher Bernert, Frank Whitehead, Gerald Hoinville, Angus Calder, Peter Willmott, A. H. Halsey, Edward Shils, Philip Abrams, Catherine Marsh, Peter Townsend, Lorraine F. Baric
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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521274845

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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 success 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.

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    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521274845
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 154 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.419kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. The development of sociology and of empirical social research in Britain Martin Bulmer
    Part II. History:
    2. Social monitors: population censuses as social surveys C. Hakim
    3. The emergence of the sociological survey, 1887–1939 Raymond Kent
    4. Durkheim, Booth and Yule: the non-diffusion of an intellectual innovation Hannan C. Selvin and Christopher Bernert
    5. The Governmental Social Survey Frank Whitehead
    6. Methodological research on sample surveys: a review of developments in Britain Gerald Hoinville
    7. Mass-Observation 1937–1949 Angus Calder
    8. The Institute of Community Studies Peter Willmott
    9. Provincials and professionals: the British post-war sociologists A. H. Halsey
    10. On the eve: a prospect in retrospect Edward Shils
    Part III. Use:
    11. The uses of British sociology, 1831–1981 Philip Abrams
    12. Informants, respondents and citizens Catherine Marsh
    13. Surveys of poverty to promote democracy Peter Townsend
    14. Reading the palm of the invisible hand: indicators, progress and prediction Lorraine F. Baric

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    Martin Bulmer


    Martin Bulmer, C. Hakim, Raymond Kent, Hannan C. Selvin, Christopher Bernert, Frank Whitehead, Gerald Hoinville, Angus Calder, Peter Willmott, A. H. Halsey, Edward Shils, Philip Abrams, Catherine Marsh, Peter Townsend, Lorraine F. Baric

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