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Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method

Mike Savage


This book examines how, between 1940 and 1970, British society was marked by the imprint of the academic social sciences in profound ways that have an enduring legacy on how we see ourselves, focusing on how interview methods and sample surveys eclipsed literature and the community study as a means of understanding ordinary life. It draws extensively on archived qualitative social science data from the 1930s to the 1960s, which it uses to offer an account of post-war social change in Britain. The book also uses this data to conduct a new kind of historical sociology of the social sciences, one ... More

Keywords: British society, academic social sciences, interview methods, sample surveys, community study, social science data, social change, historical sociology, discontinuities, knowledge forms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199587650
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587650.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mike Savage, author
Professor of Sociology, University of Manchester