How To Do Social Research With….

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NEW BOOK
Published Dec 2023.

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How To Do Social Research With…… is a catalogue of unconventional methods for doing critical and creative research. How to do social research with… features short and imaginative case studies that offer new ways of teaching, learning, and doing lively and rigorous research.

Composed by Goldsmiths Sociology Department, internationally recognised as being at the forefront  of some of the most daring, edgy, and searching methodological innovations, contributors present methodological puzzles they have become knotted with and provide textured yet clear paths through the problems and issues before us.

Readers will find multiple assemblages of objects, media, materials, practices, relations, devices, and atmospheres, spanning methods and topics from chillies to activism, knitting to WhatsApp soapies, plastic to music, comics to exhibitions.

This is research as close-up observations, infrastructural interventions, and imaginative play. Through in situ discussions of the practicalities, ethics, and politics of doing social research, this catalogue illuminates what methods might mean and do. It builds a case for contemporary social research as interdisciplinary, responsive, dynamic, vital, and urgent for understanding and shaping changing social worlds. How to do social research with… will be essential for anyone interested in expanding their repertoire of social research methods.

Edited by:

Rebecca Coleman is Professor in the Bristol Digital Futures Institute (BDFI) and the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at the University of Bristol

Kat Jungnickel is Reader in Sociology and Co-Director of the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths, University of London

Nirmal Puwar is Reader in Sociology and Co-Director of the Methods Lab at Goldsmiths, University of London and a British Academy Innovative Fellow