Elizabeth Bott and the Formation of Modern British Sociology

  title={Elizabeth Bott and the Formation of Modern British Sociology},
  author={Mike Savage},
  journal={The Sociological Review},
  pages={579 - 605}
  • M. Savage
  • Published 1 November 2008
  • Sociology
  • The Sociological Review
This paper examines the contribution of Elizabeth Bott's Family and Social Network to the elaboration of modern British sociology. I show that although Bott is often identified as one of the key figures in the emergence of social network analysis, this misunderstands her contribution. I show how her work drew strongly on key aspects of the research programme of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, and that it was her use of the in-depth interview, allied to an interest in probing class… 

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