Using mixed methods for analysing culture : The Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion project
Silva, Elizabeth, Wright, David and Warde, Alan (2009) Using mixed methods for analysing culture : The Cultural Capital and Social Exclusion project. In: Conference on Narrative, Numbers and Social Change, Manchester, England, Nov 2007. Published in: Cultural Sociology, Vol.3 (No.2). pp. 299-316.
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1749975509105536
This paper discusses the use of material generated in a mixed method investigation into cultural tastes and practices, conducted in Britain from 2003 to 2006, which employed a survey, focus groups and household interviews. The study analysed the patterning of cultural life across a number of fields, enhancing the empirical and methodological template provided by Bourdieu’s Distinction. Here we discuss criticisms of Bourdieu emerging from subsequent studies of class, culture and taste, outline the arguments related to the use of mixed methods and present illustrative results from the analysis of these different types of data. We discuss how the combination of quantitative and qualitative methods informed our analysis of cultural life in contemporary Britain. No single method was able to shed light on all aspects of our inquiry, lending support to the view that mixing methods is the most productive strategy for the investigation of complex social phenomena.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Cuture -- Great Britain, Culture -- Research, Aesthetics -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Cultural Sociology|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Official Date:||July 2009|
|Page Range:||pp. 299-316|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC)|
|Grant number:||No R000239801 (ESRC)|
|Title of Event:||Conference on Narrative, Numbers and Social Change|
|Type of Event:||Conference|
|Location of Event:||Manchester, England|
|Date(s) of Event:||Nov 2007|
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