Methods in Action: Pioneering Work Inside Immigrant Detection Centers

Immigrants are driving the narrative in politics in Western democracies, whether it’s background to the Brexit debate, a key plank in the Trump campaign or a failed strategy in the French presidential election. What often fails to win as many headlines is the story of the immigrants themselves, especially those detained and awaiting deportation. Criminologist […]

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Adapting Social Network Analysis to Age of Big Data

“Social networks,” reads a passage in the new book, Social Network Analysis: Methods and Examples, “have been a defining feature of society since the early dawn of humanity – people have always interacted with each other or have made friends of enemies.” But the widespread use of the term “social network” is a creature of […]

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The ‘Edutainer’ of Data: Hans Rosling, 1948-2017

Although he had an important career as a research epidemiologist and an academic, Hans Rosling’s global fame rested on two pillars: stats and hope.  Starting with a TED talk a little over a decade ago, Rosling used his insight, command of statistics, wit and a few props like bayonets and toilet tissue tubes, to explain […]

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Methods in Action: The Ethics of Studying Online Comments

  A lot of electronic ink has been spilled on the subject of online commenting, especially as a number of high-profile media outlets in the last three years have decided the experiment in ‘direct-er’ democracy has not been worth the appalling abuse often perpetrated by commenters. A lot of that ink has come from academics […]

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Methods in Action: Visualizing Social Media Analysis

There’s a lot of hope attached to idea that the use of big data-drivers like social media can create important social science. In a small scale test of that big idea, software developers, requirements engineers and social scientists collaborated to see if they could make practical use of Twitter to learn about patient experiences of […]

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Workshop at CFHSS Calgary: The Right Tool for Each Job

Some years ago, two great research traditions arose in social and behavioral science: talking to people and gathering data and numbers about people. A hybrid tradition, which goes by various names but which we’ll call ‘mixed methods,’ arose in the interstices of those qualitative and quantitative approaches. But something else arose in those traditions: partisans […]

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Methods in Action: Participatory and Community Research

Homelessness is a major problem in many global cities, and research on the issue recognizes that urban aspect. But homelessness is not just a problem for cities, as criminologist Michael Young describes in this Methods in Action interview. Young describes his experiences conducting this research, details some of the nuts and bolts of his mixed methods approach, and explains how geography mediates culture in ways that wise researchers need to understand.

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Please Excuse Our Teething Pains

With the arrival of the revamped MethodSpace, some users have been reporting various issues with accessing their accounts or having their favorite group’s activity show up. We’re actively working on addressing these issues. To make sure we don’t overlook something that’s affecting your experience, and to help us locate where problems that aren’t affecting everyone can be pinpointed, feel free to contact the community manager at this email: michael.todd@sagepub.com.

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Methods in Action: Social Media Surveys

Social media opens new doors in social and behavioral science research methods, but like all research, nothing is a given, In this interview, Torgeir Aleti explains his group’s efforts to use Twitter to learn more about young Australians’ drinking habits, and the hard lessons they drew from the experience while trying to preserve the integrity, both design and ethical, of their research.

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Methods in Action: Ethnographic Study of Street Gangs

Why does the Homeric of ‘violent’ seem so wedded to the term ‘street gang’? There’s a number of reasons, of course, but one of them comes from the stories that established gang members pass down to their initiates, making the idea of violence as much as geography part of the gang’s identity. That’s a key […]

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