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Sociologists' TalesContemporary narratives on sociological thought and practice$
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Katherine Twamley, Mark Doidge, and Andrea Scott

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318668

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318668.001.0001

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Imagining social science

Imagining social science

(p.109) Twelve Imagining social science
Sociologists' Tales

Ann Oakley

Policy Press

‘ Imagining social science’ is about the importance and difficulty of developing a gender-aware research career in British higher education in the period from the 1970s on. The chapter discusses the problematic relationship between research promoting public welfare and the culture of academic institutions. It focuses on two particular issues: paradigm arguments about the relative contributions of ‘ qualitative’ and ‘ quantitative’ methods in social research and analysis; and the continuing patriarchal bias against women and other social minorities. It argues that intellectual work is best understood as derived from both personal experience and public interests, and that the role of an imaginative social science is to look beyond the academy in developing a methodology for understanding the important issues of our time.

Keywords:   gender, patriarchy, research careers, methodology, social science

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