Eureka! Mike Savage’s Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940

There is always the temptation to think, ‘Maybe my answer will be in the next book.’ Well, lucky for me (and thanks to my inability to stick to any sort of rhyme or reason in my reading) I came across Savage’s Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The politics of method (2010).

While I came across the reference as part of my scamper through literature related to ‘community studies’, when I plucked it off the library shelf I thought it might be more relevant to the methodology paper I am intending to write. My planned methodology paper is going to look at the rhyme and reason behind my fieldwork successes and failures, looking not only at my limited skills as somebody who is learning to do research or my social position within the field, but focusing on the political and economic dimensions.

However, chapter six of the book is a tour through key players and the disciplinary shifts of British community studies, with attention paid to the move away from focusing on places and towards change on a range of other scales. The discussion of the crossovers between anthropology and sociology is useful for how I understand both my project and myself as a researcher.

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