Qualitative Sociology in the UK

Strong, Phil M.
March 1988
Qualitative Sociology;Spring/Summer88, Vol. 11 Issue 1/2, p13
Academic Journal
This article focuses on the history of qualitative sociology in Great Britain, as of March 1988. Qualitative sociology on one, plausible view, encompasses the bulk of sociological theorizing, a topic which in sociology, unlike economics, is normally done in words rather than algebra and thereby takes a qualitative not a quantitative form. In this article, however, the author takes qualitative to refer to a narrower but more common usage, one which confines itself to certain distinctive empirical traditions. Prior to World War II, British sociology barely existed outside the London School of Economics. Even as late as 1960, there were more teachers of history in the university of Oxford than there were teachers of sociology in the entire university system. Today things are very different. Almost every university and institute of higher education has a department of sociology. This happened through the importation of models and methods from outside the native sociological tradition. British qualitative sociology, if it is to survive and grow must turn far more to policy and practical applications than it has done in the past.


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