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Methods in Motion Blog 14: Jane McCarthy on What We 'Don’t Know' in Cross-Cultural Research

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3 March 2017

As debates about 'truth' continue to hit the headlines, sociologist and Visiting Fellow Dr Jane McCarthy explores what we 'don’t know' in cross-cultural research.

Methods in Motion Blog 13: Manuel Dries on Becoming relativist

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2 December 2016

Dr Manuel Dries, Lecturer in Philosophy, explores how a quest for absolute knowledge has led us into relativism and the opportunity this represents.

Methods in Motion 12: Claire Hewson on Experimental Philosophy

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25 November 2016

Dr Claire Hewson, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, reflects on recent methodological exchanges between psychology and philosophy.

Methods in Motion Blog 11: Georgina Blakeley on communication as a challenge to liberal democracy

18 November 2016

Communication, and the discursive formation of public opinion in the public sphere, is a key component of liberal democratic politics. A dilemma, therefore, is how these tools, which secure liberal democracy, can also be used to challenge it.  This has been an aspect of my research into the 15M movement in Spain, and their attempts to change people’s perceptions of what is politically and economically possible.

Methods in Motion Blog 10: Peter Wood – Methodology, Experience and Creativity

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11 November 2016

From an uncritical understanding of methodology, methods are the postscript to the real topic. They exist to produce data for testing theories, and their use is determined by the theoretical question. However, it is arguable that treating method as a technical afterthought downplays the extent to which social and intellectual change might be conveyed through method. Following this, much of my work involves trying to work with the intellectual and motivational benefits of a more active engagement with methodological issues and techniques.

Methods in Motion Blog 9: Paul-Francois Tremlett - Researching Ritual and Democracy

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4 November 2016

I have conducted research on Occupy camps in Hong Kong and London as part of an international and inter-disciplinary research project funded by the Norwegian Research Council called ‘Re-Assembling Democracy: Ritual as Cultural Resource’.

Methods in Motion Blog 8: Eleni Andreouli - The Social Psychology of Citizenship

28 October 2016

When thinking about contemporary politics, citizenship appears to be a key concept. It is a concept that has proven to be especially valuable, particularly due to the fact that it is open enough to capture diverse types of political action from equally diverse political actors. Analyses of sexual, multicultural, and feminist citizenship, among many others, point to the importance of this concept for understanding and engaging with contemporary politics.

Methods in Motion Blog 7: Agnes Czajka and Engin Isin - Researching Citizenship

21 October 2016

Citizenship is one of the most consequential of contemporary issues of politics and policy. Some of the most significant of recent political events – Brexit and the ‘refugee crisis’ among them – revolve around questions of citizenship: Who has the right to citizenship in Britain or in Europe?The right to access social services? The right to free movement for social, cultural, political and economic reasons?

Methods in Motion Blog 6: Meg-John Barker on Doing Self-Help Differently

12 October 2016

My project is quite an unusual one for an academic. It doesn’t involve designing and conducting experiments or interviews, but it does include several different kinds of research. It fairly rarely involves me writing in academic language, but it does draw on academic theory. It doesn’t require much in the way of funding, but it manages to reach a lot of people.

Methods in Motion Blog 5: Agata Lisiak - Creative methods in migration research

7 October 2016

Migration was one of the most heatedly debated issues throughout the EU referendum campaign. In the months leading up to Brexit, European and non-European migrants alike were repeatedly named and shamed. In the aftermath, they report experiencing a mixture of anxiety, fear and shock. The Leave campaign drew significantly on an anti-immigrant rhetoric of ‘waves’ and ‘swarms’ threatening to take over Great Britain, scaremongering ‘breaking point’ images, and big numbers taken from the census without much context.

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