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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Methods in Action: Behavioral Tracking

It’s a safe bet that any academics wanting to study problem gambling are going to have a hard time getting their subjects to deal candidly with them. But the advent of online gambling creates the potential for an excellent natural experiment into a gambler’s behavior – if only you can get the data and then […]

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