Week7-historical_content+analysis+methods

Week7-historical_content+analysis+methods - Week 7...

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Week 7 -Research Using Available Data -Historical Methods -Content Analysis 1
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Research Using Available Data (Chapter 12) Experiments, field studies, survey, First-hand collection data Using available data (second-hand data) Using data that were produced by another researcher for different purpose * Using GSS data: second-hand data Using data that were not produced for any research purpose 2
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Sources of Available Data 1. Public Documents and Official Records Any written records of - Proceedings of government bodies, court records, state laws… - Official statistics (Bureau of the Census), directories. . -Publication indexes (Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, New York Times) - Vital statistics: birth and death certificate, marriage, divorces *Birth records: father’s full name, address, age, and occupation *Death records: biographical info., cause of death, length of illness, injuries (accidental, homicidal, self-inflicted, time and place of death) >> demographic and epidemiological studies Ex. Durkheim’s suicide using European nation’s data of death certificates (cause of death, personal info. Like sex, age, and marital status. .) 3
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4   The Cheese and the Worms by Carlo Ginzburg (1976) The cosmos of a 16 th century miller Popular culture of early modern Europe - Reconstruct the intellectual world of 16 th C miller in a remote village. - Menocchio: born in 1532, miller, carpenter, sawyer. .” - He was accused of having uttered “heretical and most impious words” about Christ. - Data: trial records (inquisitorial papers) of 16 th Century : defendant’s thoughts, sentiments, readings… - Reconstruct the differences in culture and social context Significance -The behavior and attitudes of the subordinated classes - Micro-history (≠ aristocratic conception of culture) - Inquisitors: defendants = anthropologists: natives
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- A less accessible: information produced by individuals or organizations - Diaries and letters - Businesses’ personnel and sales records, inventories, and tax reports; hospital patient records; college transcripts Ex.1 The Polish Peasant in Europe and America by Thomas & Znaniecki - Immigration and assimilation into American society - Data: 750 personal letters between Polish immigrants in the U.S. and their relatives/ friends in Poland. (newspaper, autobiographies, records of social agencies)
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:311 taught by Professor Phillips during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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Week7-historical_content+analysis+methods - Week 7...

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