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A second post on the comments around Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence

In the process of analyzing textual data, when should researchers reconfigure the text into numerical representation? (a) Basically never. Text should be kept “whole.” Textual data are entirely dependent on context. (b) Under certain circumstances. Depends on the research question. … Continue reading

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analyzing symbolic data: a sociology web debate

How should symbolic data like text and images be analyzed? This question is now front and center, instigated by the appearance of Biernacki’s Reinventing Evidence. This question is important because symbolic data continue to proliferate in advanced capitalism. How to … Continue reading

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Greta Krippner’s ‘Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of Finance’

Greta Krippner’s recent book Capitalizing on Crisis: The Political Origins of the Rise of FinanceĀ operates within a question as old as sociology itself: what is modern about modernization? The advent of capitalism and the industrial revolution were the backdrop for … Continue reading

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