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History through material culture provides a practical introduction for researchers who wish to use objects and material culture as primary sources for the study of the past. The book focuses primarily on the period 1500 to the present day, but the principles put forward are equally applicable to studies of earlier historical eras. Histories of the last five centuries have been driven to a remarkable extent by textual records and it is with this in mind that History through material culture offers researchers a step-by-step guide to approaching the material evidence that survives from this period. Anticipating that many researchers will feel under-skilled or lacking in confidence in tackling artefacts of the past, the book traces the process of research from the framing of research questions through to the writing up of findings – giving particular attention to the ways in which objects can be located, accessed and understood. This practical guidance is augmented by the use of examples of seminal and contemporary scholarship in this interdisciplinary field, so that readers can see how particular approaches to sources have been used to develop historical narratives and arguments. It is written in accessible and jargon-free language with clear explanations of more complex discourses. In this way, the book demystifies both the process of researching objects and the way research practice relates to published scholarship.

Sophie Roborgh

the manner in which we perceive attacks on healthcare, in a move toward the extraordinary. Again, this limits our perspective, away from the ordinary, the dreary, the continuous to the more extreme examples of interference with healthcare (see Fast, 2014 ). The amplification of some voices and experiences (and healthcare workers) over others also affected daily research practice. When approaching Syrian organisations for my study, suggestions for

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
Knowledge production and social inquiry
Editors: Jane Wills and Robert W. Lake

This book makes the case for a pragmatist approach to the practice of social inquiry and knowledge production. Through diverse examples from multiple disciplines, contributors explore the power of pragmatism to inform a practice of inquiry that is democratic, community-centred, problem-oriented and experimental. Drawing from both classical and neo-pragmatist perspectives, the book advances a pragmatist sensibility in which truth and knowledge are contingent rather than universal, made rather than found, provisional rather than dogmatic, subject to continuous experimentation rather than ultimate proof and verified in their application in action rather than in the accuracy of their representation of an antecedent reality. The power of pragmatism offers a path forward for mobilizing the practice of inquiry in social research, exploring the implications of pragmatism for the process of knowledge production.

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Sian Barber

final approval on what they have said is good research practice. • When you compose your interview questions, think about what you want to find out and how to elicit this information. Be aware that asking open questions can break the ice, but they can also Barber.indd 139 3/2/2015 4:14:35 PM 140 using film as a source • • • • • • • Barber.indd 140 elicit a great deal of unfocused or generic information. You should be prepared to use a combination of general and specific, open and closed questions to gain information. It is usually best to begin with a

in Using film as a source
Dawn Nafus

best person to explore what a dataset means is often the very person to whom it refers. Perhaps more significantly for anthropology, this approach offers ethnographic opportunities that are hard to come by in other ways. Data evokes the past without fully predefining it, and that opens up conversations between researcher and the participants who understand the context behind it. My first goal for this chapter, then, is to describe in a relatively straightforward way what this research practice involves for those who 234 Experiments in/of data and ethnography might

in Ethnography for a data-saturated world
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Dawn Lyon

. The chapter is organised as follows. The next section discusses Lefebvre's thinking for doing rhythmanalysis and considers rhythmanalysis as a fundamentally embodied and sensory research practice. Following on from this, I discuss my own research from three starting points: learning to feel rhythm; attending to rhythm; and the use of audio-visual techniques to record rhythm and reveal what our senses cannot directly perceive. In my critical reflections on these approaches, I highlight their limitations, in particular the restricted spatial and temporal frames of

in Mundane Methods
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The power of pragmatism
Jane Wills and Robert W. Lake

as for our academic subjectivity and public identity as ‘researchers’. This book seeks to elucidate those changes and to address some of the challenges impeding their realisation. In the remainder of this introduction, we set out the historical development of the pragmatist tradition and its core ideas, before exploring its application to social research, past and present. We then make a strong case for pragmatic social research, outline its key components and highlight its implications for research practice and outcomes. In the penultimate section, we address

in The power of pragmatism
A tale of two professors
Randee Lipson Lawrence and Patricia Cranton

-based research and enquiry arts-based learning’, in J.M. Dirkx (ed.), Adult Learning and the Emotional Self, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 65–78. Leavy, P. (2009), Method Meets Art: Arts-based Research Practice, New York: The Guilford Press. McNiff, S. (2008), ‘Art-based research’, in J.G. Knowles and A.L. Cole (eds), Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Research: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples, and Issues, Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, 29–40. Sullivan, A.M. (2004), ‘Poetry as research: development of poetic craft & the relations of craft and utility’, Journal of Critical

in Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university
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Emotions and research
Hannah Jones, Yasmin Gunaratnam, Gargi Bhattacharyya, William Davies, Sukhwant Dhaliwal, Emma Jackson, and Roiyah Saltus

This section critically reflects on the role of emotions in fieldwork, particularly when researching ‘sensitive subjects’ that have serious implications for both research participants and the researcher. Using examples from our own research practice, particularly in focus groups, we consider the ethics of research in a broad sense, including the effects on researchers, research partners, and participants of both conducting research, and the choices made in the process of researching.

in Go home?
Here be monsters

This book contributes to the study of science and politics by shedding light on sometimes dark, hidden or ignored aspects of openness as a core policy agenda. While opening up of science to public scrutiny and public deliberation is good in principle, various dilemmas and problems are entailed by this move, which also should be made public and be discussed more openly. Developed as a solution to perceived crises in science/society relations, openness and transparency initiatives might hide ‘monsters’ that need to be made visible and need to be examined. Chapters in this book deal with four themes: transparency in the context of science in the public sphere; responsibility in the context of in contemporary research practice and governance, both globally and locally; experts in the context of policy-making, risk assessment and the regulation of science; and faith in the context of tensions and misunderstandings between science and religion. Each section of the book contains an opening essay by experts on a particular theme (Mark Brown, Benjamin Worthy, Barbara Prainsack/Sabina Leonelli, Chris Toumey). The book closes with an epilogue by Stephen Turner and an essay by John Holmwood. At present, openness in science is more important than ever. This book should be of interest to academics and members of the public who want to know more about the challenges and opportunities of 'making science public' - the theme of a Leverhulme Trust funded research programme on which this book is based.