• Fiona Devine
  • Sue Heath


In this book we have provided a showcase for eight recent pieces of sociological research, all of which we believe are exemplary in their attention to methodological detail and in the contributions they make to the sub-disciplines they each represent. In exploring each of these studies we have, inevitably, drawn attention to their weaknesses as well as their strengths, highlighting the extent to which even the best examples of research are typically open to methodological criticism and improvement. This should not come as a surprise; and indeed, when the authors of each of the eight books were asked by us to comment on ‘their’ chapters, most acknowledged that our critique was fair and legitimate, and had highlighted issues and tensions of which they themselves were aware. At least one of the authors expressed the view that they had been let off lightly!


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© Fiona Devine and Sue Heath 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fiona Devine
    • 1
  • Sue Heath
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK
  2. 2.University of SouthamptonUK

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