The Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology

  title={The Coming Crisis of Empirical Sociology},
  author={Mike Savage and Roger Burrows},
  pages={885 - 899}
This ar ticle argues that in an age of knowing capitalism, sociologists have not adequately thought about the challenges posed to their expertise by the proliferation of `social' transactional data which are now routinely collected, processed and analysed by a wide variety of private and public institutions. Drawing on British examples, we argue that whereas over the past 40 years sociologists championed innovative methodological resources, notably the sample survey and the in-depth interviews… 

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  • N. Gane
  • Sociology
    The British journal of sociology
  • 2019
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