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History and sociology: a twenty-first century rapprochement?

Savage, Mike ORCID: 0000-0003-4563-9564 (2022) History and sociology: a twenty-first century rapprochement? Twentieth Century British History, 33 (3). pp. 416-431. ISSN 0955-2359

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This article reflects on the significance of re-analysing material from social-science archives in the context of John Goldthorpe's critique of the use of data from the Affluent Worker project. Drawing on my own role in elaborating this approach, most comprehensively in my book Identities and Social Change, I defend the value of re-analysis both as a means of bringing out previously unknown popular testimonies, and also in reflecting on the way that social scientific research has itself been a significant force for social change in recent decades. I consider how the practice of re-analysis can be defended even when social-science protocols regarding replication cannot be used, and reflect more broadly the significance of the Affluent Worker study in shaping understandings of social change in Britain.

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Additional Information: © 2022 The Author
Divisions: Sociology
Subjects: D History General and Old World
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2022 15:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2024 03:06

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