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research methods

  • Capturing habitus: theory, method and reflexivity

    By Cristina Costa, Ciaran Burke and Mark Murphy This is the title of a recent paper by some of the team behind Social theory applied, published in  International Journal of Research & Method in Education (click on link to access the paper).

  • Positionality and my PhD

    In this post I delve into some of the questions I asked myself during my journey through the doctoral process to gain a better understanding of myself and awareness of the power structures within which I was situated, and negotiating these spaces

  • Dramatic encounters: My methodological engagement with Foucault [PART 2]

    This carries on from the previous blog post that explored policy reception in terms of decentralised neoliberalism and/or masked re-centralisation. Part 2 will now demonstrate borrowing from Foucault’s notions of discourse and governmentality. A taste of the methodology … and unconventional mode

  • Capturing the complexity of youth crime through habitus

    [part of the launch week for the book: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The art of application (published this week by Palgrave). My chapter is called: Theorising and researching the youth crime nexus: Habitus, reflexivity and the political ecology of social practice] 

  • 1st Research Methodology School – What needs to be done?

    Why is it important to raise this question? There has been a push in social science towards methodological innovation as a way to keep up with various forms of 21st century transformation. In the last few decades the social world has expanded