Authors: Prof. Les Back and Nirmal Puwar, Goldsmiths, University of London

Day Two – Wednesday 26th June

Strand – Innovations in Research Methods

Session Six: 2.45pm – 4.15pm

This manifesto for ‘live methods’ argues  for a more artful and crafty approach to sociological research which embraces new technological opportunities while expanding the attentiveness of researchers. We identify a set of practices available to us as sociologists from the heterodox histories of the tradition as well as from current collaborations and cross-disciplinary exchanges.

The question of value is not set apart from the eleven points we raise in the manifesto. Additionally, we are also concerned with how the culture of audit and assessment within universities is impacting on sociological research. Despite the institutional threats to sociology we emphasize the discipline is well placed in our current moment to develop creative, public and novel modes of doing sociological research.

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