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A discussion on in-depth interviews. What are they good for?

I have been reading an interesting internet discussion on the analytical efficacy of in-depth interviews, based around this paper by Samuel Lucas. Two other sociologists — Andrew Perrin here, and Fabio Rojas here and here — provide responses. I feel no need … Continue reading

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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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Sociology of business: contemporary perspective

Sociology’s most natural client base is undergoing a shift from government and social services trying to treat broad populations, to private-sector actors and entrepreneurs trying to communicate with particularized audiences. The shift is structural. In a word, the “internet” — … Continue reading

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The proliferation of textual data: more thoughts on social science and the internet

This post is an attempt to come to grips with some emerging methodological assumptions on my part. Assumptions are the structures of analytical action, always constraining and enabling. I acknowledge that ‘assumptions’ need a high degree of solidity before they … Continue reading

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Ronald Coase plans new journal ‘Man and the Economy,’ makes call for a qualitative sociological economics

One-hundred-one-year-old economist Ronald Coase is planning to develop a new journal (apparently titled Man and the Economy), the goal of which will be to move economic study from “abstractions” and “numbers” to “firms” and “people.” This is indeed interesting news. Businessweek … Continue reading

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Qualitative data and analysis

I hope to pick the pace back up on this blog. In that spirit I updated the ‘about the blog’ section. This is what I wrote: This blog comments on ‘data’ and ‘analysis’ as intellectual properties in both economic (capital) … Continue reading

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