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Qualitative / mixed methods

Qualitative data is non-numeric information, such as in-depth interview transcripts, diaries, anthropological field notes, answers to open-ended survey questions, audio-visual recordings and images. Mixed methods approaches combine qualitative data with numeric data.


  • Affluent Worker in the Class Structure

    The 'Affluent Worker' project was undertaken to test empirically the thesis of working class embourgeoisement. The research studied the attitudes and behaviour of high wage earners in three mass or continous flow companies.

  • Family Life and Work Experience Before 1918

    This study comprises 537 life story interviews which were recorded in the 1970s with a cross-national sample of people born before 1918 in the UK. These interviews formed the basis of the first national oral history project in the United Kingdom.

  • Family Life of Old People

    The Family Life of Old People study examined the growing perception that a breakdown in extended family networks was leaving old people isolated, and creating an increasing demand for residential care.

  • Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime

    This research focused on crime and its relation to risk of victimisation and the suggestion that high-risk groups, in particular, young men, report lower fear than low-risk groups, in particular, older women.

  • Last Refuge

    In the late 1950s Peter Townsend undertook a national study which investigated the provision of long-stay institutional care for old people in England and Wales. The study sought to ask "Are long stay institutions for old people necessary in our society, and, if so, what form should they take?"

  • Neighbourhood Boundaries, Social Disorganisation and Social Exclusion

    The central aim of the research was to investigate the underlying premises of UK neighbourhood crime policies through a comparative study of the responses to crime and disorder within both affluent and deprived neighbourhoods, the extent and nature of informal means of social control utilised by their residents and how collective efficacy is related to social capital and social cohesion.

  • Poverty In The United Kingdom: A Survey Of Household Resources And Standards Of Living

    The Poverty in the United Kingdom study aimed to collect comprehensive information on all forms of resources (including income and assets) and indicative information on deprivation and style of living in order to define and measure poverty among a representative sample of the population of the United Kingdom.

  • Retail Competition And Consumer Choice

    This project addressed the implication of the growth in concentration in food retailing in the UK – resulting from the consolidation and small store decline over the long term – with reference to its impact on consumer choice.

  • Pioneers of Qualitative Research

    The Pioneers website offers an insight into the backgrounds of researchers, motivations for undertaking particular pieces of research and some interesting observations about studying sociology in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. A series of interviews were carried out with the pioneering researchers themselves and will be made available on the website.

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