Cultural Sociology

Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry

Decoding Facts and Variables

Authors: Biernacki, R.

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Revisiting the dominant scientific method, 'coding,' with which investigators from sociology to literary criticism have sampled texts and catalogued their cultural messages, the author demonstrates that the celebrated hard outputs rest on misleading samples and on unfeasible classifying of the texts' meanings.

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Richard Biernacki is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, USA.

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"Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry throws serious grit into the knowledge-making machinery of much modern sociology. It is an invitation to sociologists to stop and pause, to take a closer look at some of their methodological routines, and to re-assess the confidence with which they view their findings. Biernacki's criticisms are meticulously assembled, and they cannot be ignored." - Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science, Harvard University

"This is an exemplary work of serious criticism that should spark fruitful debate about the use of formal methods in cultural analysis." - Rogers Brubaker, professor of Sociology and Foundation Chair, UCLA

"Reinventing Evidence is an immensely serious book that should be read by anyone involved in the business of sociology." - European Journal of Sociology


Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Inside the Rituals of Social Science

    Biernacki, Richard

    Pages 1-26

  • “The Entire Story”

    Biernacki, Richard

    Pages 27-56

  • “Methodological Canons in My Field”

    Biernacki, Richard

    Pages 57-95

  • “A Quantifiable Indicator of a Fabricated Meaning Element”

    Biernacki, Richard

    Pages 97-126

  • Wary Reasoning

    Biernacki, Richard

    Pages 127-155

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry
Book Subtitle
Decoding Facts and Variables
Authors
Series Title
Cultural Sociology
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Richard Biernacki
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-00728-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137007285
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-00726-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-00727-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 199
Number of Illustrations and Tables
7 b/w illustrations
Topics