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Periodizing Secularization Religious Allegiance and Attendance in Britain, 1880-1945

Periodizing Secularization Religious Allegiance and Attendance in Britain, 1880-1945

Moving beyond the (now somewhat tired) debates about secularization as paradigm, theory, or master narrative, Periodizing Secularization focuses upon the empirical evidence for secularization, viewed in its descriptive sense as the waning social influence of religion, in Britain. Particular emphasis is attached to the two key performance indicators of religious allegiance and churchgoing, each subsuming several sub-indicators, between 1880 and 1945, including the first substantive account of secularization during the fin de siecle. A wide range of primary sources is deployed, many of them relatively or entirely unknown, and with due regard to their methodological and interpretative challenges. On the back of them, a cross-cutting statistical measure of 'active church adherence' is devised, which clearly shows how secularization has been a reality and a gradual, not revolutionary, process. The most likely causes of secularization were an incremental demise of a Sabbatarian culture (coupled with the associated emergence of new leisure opportunities and transport links) and of religious socialization (in the church, at home, and in the school). The analysis is also extended backwards, to include a summary of developments during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries; and laterally, to incorporate a preliminary evaluation of a six-dimensional model of 'diffusive religion', demonstrating that these alternative performance indicators have hitherto failed to prove that secularization has not occurred. The book is designed as a prequel to the author's previous volumes on the chronology of British secularization - Britain's Last Religious Revival? (2015) and Secularization in the Long 1960s (2017). Together, they offer a holistic picture of religious transformation in Britain during the key secularizing century of 1880-1980.

Managing and Sharing Research Data A Guide to Good Practice

Managing and Sharing Research Data A Guide to Good Practice

Author: Louise Corti, Veerle Van den Eynden, Libby Bishop, Matthew Woollard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/10/2019

Written by experts at the UK Data Archive, with over thirty years of experience in working with and teaching people to work with data, this book is the globally-reaching guide for any postgraduate student or researcher looking to build their data management skills. Focused on both primary and secondary data and packed with checklists and templates, it contains everything readers need to know for managing all types data before, during, and after the research process. Building on foundational data management techniques, it offers practical advice and insight into the unique skills needed to work with newer forms of data, like social media and big data. It also demonstrates how to: - Identify quality data that is credible, ethically-sound, and available for use - Choose and collect data suitable for particular research questions and project scopes - Work with personal, communal, administrative, and other sensitive and public data - Make the most of metadata - Visualise and share data using innovative platforms like blogs, infographics, and podcasts.

The Process of Social Research

The Process of Social Research

Author: Karl Baker-Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

The Process of Social Research concentrates on the core principles of research methods, presenting them in an accessible, concise form that students will find easy to understand and engage with. Extensive online materials allow students to expand their learning and gives instructors resources to make classroom teaching more interesting and exciting. This book will be essential reading for all undergraduate students learning how to do research.

The Process of Social Research

The Process of Social Research

Author: Karl Baker-Green Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/10/2019

The Process of Social Research concentrates on the core principles of research methods, presenting them in an accessible, concise form that students will find easy to understand and engage with. Extensive online materials allow students to expand their learning and gives instructors resources to make classroom teaching more interesting and exciting. This book will be essential reading for all undergraduate students learning how to do research.

Researching the Far Right Theory, Method and Practice

Researching the Far Right Theory, Method and Practice

Author: Stephen (University of Manchester) Ashe Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2019

In recent years, Europe and America have witnessed a resurgence of the far right in the form of both party electoral support and street level protest movements, as well as an increase in hate crimes. There has also been an increase in right-wing nationalist politics and party success in other parts of the world too, including India. This comes at a time when `extremism' more broadly defined, but including the far right, is also very much on the agenda for the media, public, policy makers, activists and academics. While there has been an upsurge in empirical research on the far right and extremism, there has been a comparative dearth of detailed discussion in relation to the methodological, ethical, political, personal, practical and professional issues and challenges that arise from it. This collection directly addresses these issues. The authors analyse and reflect on the research process in this area with reference to topics such as methods, ethics, access, objectivity and impact. Offering contributions which address a range of subject disciplines and geographical regions, this book is essential reading for anyone conducting research into the far right.

Researching the Far Right Theory, Method and Practice

Researching the Far Right Theory, Method and Practice

Author: Stephen (University of Manchester) Ashe Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/09/2019

In recent years, Europe and America have witnessed a resurgence of the far right in the form of both party electoral support and street level protest movements, as well as an increase in hate crimes. There has also been an increase in right-wing nationalist politics and party success in other parts of the world too, including India. This comes at a time when `extremism' more broadly defined, but including the far right, is also very much on the agenda for the media, public, policy makers, activists and academics. While there has been an upsurge in empirical research on the far right and extremism, there has been a comparative dearth of detailed discussion in relation to the methodological, ethical, political, personal, practical and professional issues and challenges that arise from it. This collection directly addresses these issues. The authors analyse and reflect on the research process in this area with reference to topics such as methods, ethics, access, objectivity and impact. Offering contributions which address a range of subject disciplines and geographical regions, this book is essential reading for anyone conducting research into the far right.

Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology with Excel

Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology with Excel

Author: J.P. Verma Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2019

This book, specifically developed for students of psychology, covers a wide range of topics in statistics and research designs taught in psychology, in particular, and other disciplines like management, sociology, education, home science, and nutrition, in general, in most universities. It explains how to use Excel to analyze research data by elaborating statistical concepts. Each chapter contains sections like Check you Computing skill and Check your Statistical Concepts to enable students to assess their knowledge in a graded manner. The book addresses one of the major challenges in psychology research, viz., how to measure subjective phenomenon like attitude, desire, and preferences of an individual. Separate emphasis has been given to the measurement techniques which are essential tools to assess these subjective parameters in numerical form, required for statistical analysis to draw meaningful conclusions. The book is equally helpful to students of humanities, life sciences and other applied areas. Consisting of 14 chapters, the book covers all relevant topics of statistics and research designs which are important for students to plan and complete their research work.

Empirical Investigations of Social Space

Empirical Investigations of Social Space

Author: Joerg Blasius Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2019

This book provides an in-depth view on Bourdieu's empirical work, thereby specially focusing on the construction of the social space and including the concept of the habitus. Themes described in the book include amongst others: * the theory and methodology for the construction of social spaces , * the relation between various fields and the field of power , * formal construction and empirical observation of habitus, * the formation, accumulation, differentiation of and conversion between different forms of capital, * relations in geometric data analysis. The book also includes contributions regarding particular applications of Bourdieu's methodology to traditional and new areas of research, such as the analysis of institutional, international and transnational fields. It further provides a systematic introduction into the empirical construction of the social space.

Bit by Bit Social Research in the Digital Age

Bit by Bit Social Research in the Digital Age

Author: Matthew J. Salganik Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2019

An innovative and accessible guide to doing social research in the digital age The rapid spread of social media, smartphones, and other digital wonders enables us to collect and process data about human behavior on a scale never before imaginable, offering entirely new approaches to core questions about social behavior. Bit by Bit is the key to unlocking these powerful methods. In this authoritative and accessible book, Matthew Salganik explains how the digital revolution is transforming the way social scientists observe behavior, ask questions, run experiments, and engage in mass collaborations. Featuring a wealth of real-world examples and invaluable advice on how to tackle the thorniest ethical challenges, Bit by Bit is the essential guide to doing social research in this fast-evolving digital age.

Data in Society Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation

Data in Society Challenging Statistics in an Age of Globalisation

Author: Jeff Evans Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/08/2019

This book analyses the explosion of data sources, global trends and the changing role of the state, the economy, and healthcare provision. It addresses controversies in data construction, analysis, dissemination, and access / ownership. The authors examine the power of data to shape everyday socio-political discourse, its use by private and governmental organisations, the media and politicians, and the important role of statistics in exposing injustices and shaping social progress.

Secrecy, Privacy and Accountability Challenges for Social Research

Secrecy, Privacy and Accountability Challenges for Social Research

Author: Mike Sheaff Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/08/2019

Public mistrust of those in authority and failings of public organisations frame disputes over attribution of responsibility between individuals and systems. Exemplified with examples, including the Aberfan disaster, the death of Baby P, and Mid Staffs Hospital, this book explores parallel conflicts over access to information and privacy. The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) allows access to information about public organisations but can be in conflict with the Data Protection Act, protecting personal information. Exploring the use of the FOIA as a research tool, Sheaff offers a unique contribution to the development of sociological research methods, and debates connected to privacy and secrecy in the information age. This book will provide sociologists and social scientists with a fresh perspective on contemporary issues of power and control.