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Exploring trends and challenges in sociological research

McKie, L.; Ryan, L.

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L. McKie

L. Ryan


This is the first e-special issue for the journal Sociology and its chosen focus is the article ‘The coming crisis of empirical sociology’ by Savage and Burrows (2007). This article challenged sociologists with a variety of questions about the role, relevance and methodological opportunities for sociological research in the 21st century. On publication it stoked the already charged debates on a public sociology (Burawoy, 2004), the role of publicly funded research (ESRC, 2009) and relevance of sociological research in an age of burgeoning social media (Brewer and Hunter, 2006). This e-special provides a reprise of these debates and explores relevant papers in Sociology, as well as alerting readers to recurring themes and new directions on the topic of methods and social research.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2012
Deposit Date Sep 24, 2012
Publicly Available Date Apr 28, 2014
Journal Sociology
Print ISSN 0038-0385
Electronic ISSN 1469-8684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 6
Pages 1-7
Keywords Empirical sociology, Methodology, Public sociology, Savage and Burrows, Social media, Social research methods.
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