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social research

  • Habermas on the tasks of a critical sociology

    [this is an extract from a forthcoming edited collection ‘Habermas and social research’ (Routledge) – see here for more details] While ongoing dialogues with Habermas’ intellectual positions and the existence of numerous applications of his core concepts, testify to his relevance to the

  • Permission to theorise

    A recurring question when talking to researchers is: Am I allowed to use social theory in my research?  What this really means is: ‘what right do I have to apply the works of a master thinker, especially if I haven’t read and

  • Like a fish out of water? Habitus and migration

    [part of the launch week for the book: Bourdieu, Habitus and Social Research: The art of application (published this month by Palgrave). This post refers to the chapter by my colleague Magdalena Nowicka which is called: Habitus – its transformation and transfer through cultural encounters

  • Why I used habitus in my research: a personal perspective

    [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: Young People and the Web: Understanding their Engagement with Online Information through the Concept of Habitus]

  • Theory, Method and Axel Honneth

    Recognition theory as social research: investigating the dynamics of social conflict is an edited collection devoted to the discussion and application of Axel Honneth’s theory of recognition. Full of strong papers, it speaks to the core concerns of Social Theory Applied around