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Developing sociological arguments through community studies

Developing sociological arguments through community studies
Developing sociological arguments through community studies
This paper argues that community studies remain an effective medium for the development of sociological arguments, despite well-known criticisms of the genre. Several features of community studies help to explain the continuing popularity of the approach among researchers and audiences, even though they are at odds with the discipline's supposed 'McDonaldization'.
First, community studies have the capability of 'placing' sociological arguments. Secondly, community studies have the capacity to illustrate the meaning of macro-level trends for people's everyday lives. Thirdly, community studies facilitate holistic treatments of the social relations under investigation through their emphasis on context. Fourthly, the community studies format is prized for its accessibility, achieved through a narrative style which plays down conventional researcher/reader hierarchies without losing analytical sharpness.
Recent research monographs and other studies are drawn upon to illustrate these points. They show that while the community studies tradition has necessarily evolved conceptually and methodologically, it has continuing relevance to the sociological enterprise.
1364-5579
173-187
Crow, Graham
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Crow, Graham
723761e4-bba1-4eba-9672-e7029f547fce

Crow, Graham (2000) Developing sociological arguments through community studies. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 3 (3), 173-187. (doi:10.1080/13645570050083670).

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This paper argues that community studies remain an effective medium for the development of sociological arguments, despite well-known criticisms of the genre. Several features of community studies help to explain the continuing popularity of the approach among researchers and audiences, even though they are at odds with the discipline's supposed 'McDonaldization'.
First, community studies have the capability of 'placing' sociological arguments. Secondly, community studies have the capacity to illustrate the meaning of macro-level trends for people's everyday lives. Thirdly, community studies facilitate holistic treatments of the social relations under investigation through their emphasis on context. Fourthly, the community studies format is prized for its accessibility, achieved through a narrative style which plays down conventional researcher/reader hierarchies without losing analytical sharpness.
Recent research monographs and other studies are drawn upon to illustrate these points. They show that while the community studies tradition has necessarily evolved conceptually and methodologically, it has continuing relevance to the sociological enterprise.

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Published date: 2000

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Local EPrints ID: 33833
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33833
ISSN: 1364-5579
PURE UUID: a1e3337b-be58-4286-b5bd-fd955c5a8099

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Date deposited: 20 Jul 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:51

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