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Chapter 9: Research Designs, Methods and the Research Assemblage

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Research Designs, Methods and the Research Assemblage
Research: Designs, Methods and the Research Assemblage
Introduction

Throughout this book we have used various examples to illustrate the different sociological topics we have explored, from social mobility to environmental change to health technology. Some have been based upon specific pieces of empirical research, and we have applied our toolkit of materialist concepts to offer new interpretations of the data, often drawing different conclusions from those of the original studies. However, until now we have resisted setting out explicitly a ‘materialist’ approach to social research. We now turn to this task, to address the methodological challenges facing those who wish to apply materialist ontology to social inquiry. Arguably, part of the added sociological value of the new materialism depends ...

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