Toggle Main Menu Toggle Search

Open Access padlockePrints

Research methodology in sociology

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Geoff Payne


Full text for this publication is not currently held within this repository. Alternative links are provided below where available.


© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2014.Despite rated second only to America in the national sociology stakes by the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC’s) 2010 International Subject Benchmarking Review, UK sociology has a track record of being more concerned, and confused, about research methodology than other social sciences. At the heart of this paradox is that today’s ‘big tent’ discipline is still recovering from being the new kid on the block. British sociology, and therefore British sociological research, developed ‘late’ (Chapter 8). This institutional framework determined what research was done, how it was conducted, and which ‘methods’ became routinised, when the small and relatively new discipline of sociology suddenly expanded in the 1960s. It was the combination of a small base with an extraordinarily large and rapid university expansion, at a unique point in intellectual history, which shapes our perceptions and practice of sociological research, and our uncertainties about it.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Payne G

Editor(s): John Holmwood and John Scott

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: The Palgrave Handbook of Sociology in Britain

Year: 2014

Pages: 413-436

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

Place Published: London


DOI: 10.1057/9781137318862_19

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9781137318862


Link to this publication