259 Works

Consumption, Lifestyle and Identity: Reading the New Men's Lifestyle Magazines, 1985-1997

N. Stevenson, K. Brooks & P. Jackson
This data collection comprises the interview material for the study 'Consumption, lifestyle and identity: reading the new men's lifestyle magazines', and includes focus group and individual interview transcripts. The study aimed to explore the new generation of men's lifestyle magazines, which emerged since the mid-1980s (including titles such as Loaded, FHM, GQ, Arena). The researchers sought to examine specific forms of masculinity as they varied by place, class, ethnicity and generation, and also to assess...

Gender Difference, Anxiety and the Fear of Crime, 1995

W. Hollway & T. Jefferson
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.<br> The notion of anxiety as a mediating influence in the relationship between risk of victimisation and fear of crime was examined. Through a set of face-to-face interviews, the research found that the effect of risk figured prominently in interviewee's accounts of their fear...

Socio-technical Systems and Call Centres : a Case Study Investigation, 1999-2000

G. Callaghan
Following a growth in the number of people employed in call centres, defined as those workers who simultaneously use a telephone and computer, this research project set out to investigate the way social and technical systems are used in their work organisation. The research focused particularly on the role such systems play in defining skill, establishing training strategies, and their impact on issues of trust and autonomy in the workplace. The project data drew on...

Qualitative Investigation of the Lives and Labour Market Experiences of People with Multiple Problems and Needs, 2001-2002

H. Dean
This study investigated the labour market experiences of people with multiple and complex problems and needs. Complexity of problems was a key research focus of the project which aimed to question how well conventional welfare provision met the requirements of such groups. It was argued that those who are most disadvantaged in the labour market tend also to be those who experience other disadvantages: particularly homelessness or ‘unsettled’ lifestyles; health, disability or substance dependency problems;...

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Police Local Partnership Boards in Sierra Leone, 2006

B. Baker
The aim of this research project was to understand how the Police Local Partnership Boards (PLPBs) in Sierra Leone function, including what they achieve, and how they relate to the local community and the Sierra Leone Police (SLP).<br> <br> The objectives of the study were to establish:<ul><li>to what degree the PLPBs are representative of the local community (whether they are composed primarily of the local business or socio-economic elite) and how members are selected</li><li>to what...

Developing Sustainable Technologies for Waste: Improving Uptake through Partnership, 2004-2006

R. Slater & J. Frederickson
Sustainable waste management is one of the biggest environmental challenges facing the United Kingdom (UK). European and national legislation is beginning to require a fundamental shift from waste disposal - predominantly landfill in the UK - to a more integrated style of resource management involving sustainable technologies that deliver waste minimisation, re-use, recycling and composting. Although these principles have underpinned the development of national waste strategies for a number of years, successive regulatory and economic...

Informal Networks and the Representation of Workers’ Interests in the United Kingdom Audio-Visual Industries, 2004-2005

V. Antcliff, M. Stuart & R. Saundry
This project explored the nature and functions of a range of informal networks developed by freelance workers to represent and defend their interests in the UK audio-visual (AV) industries. The structure of employment in this sector has changed considerably over the past two decades. Worker insecurity and uncertainty have developed as permanent jobs are replaced by freelance and short-term contracts. Over this period Trade Union influence and recognition has been eroded while the importance of...

Making Feminist Sense of 'the Anti-Globalisation Movement', 2004-2005

C. Eschle & B. Maiguashca
This research aims to make sense of 'the anti-globalisation movement' from a feminist perspective. It seeks to offer a feminist conceptualization of this movement as well as an empirical mapping of women's and feminist anti-globalisation activism. The collection and analysis of data has been informed by two broad methodological frameworks. The first is social movement theory, especially of the constructivist variety. The second, and most important, is feminist theory, broadly conceived, which generates its questions...

Wellbeing in Developing Countries: Community Profiles, 2003-2006

I. Gough & J. Allister McGregor
<i>Wellbeing in Developing Countries: Community Profiles, 2003-2006</i> comprises 26 community profiles of each of the communities selected for study in the WeD research. A community profile is a detailed community study that has been carried out in each of the research communities using a range of participatory techniques including key informant interviews, observation, and secondary data. The community profiles are a systematic description of the context within which the people and processes being studied by...

Relational Spaces of Innovation in Architecture Firms, 2007

J. Faulconbridge
What are the forms and geographies of the relational spaces of innovation in leading global architecture firms? A British Academy funded research project sought to answer this question and had the following objectives: to map and explore the multiple, scale transcending, networks and circuits of social practice informing innovation in global architecture firms; to provide empirical exposition of these social practices; and to examine the processes of embedding ideas in local contexts. <br> <br> Semi-structured...

Shifting Securities: Television News Cultures Before and After the Iraq War, 2003-2005

M. Gillespie
This qualitative dataset examines changing relationships between government, media and multicultural publics in the UK.<br> <br> The Iraq War 2003 and subsequent events raise questions about the impact of security policy on civil liberties and human rights, democratic participation and citizenship, racialisation and securitization.<br> <br> Through the analysis of "security salient discourse", the study sought to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of an increasingly mediated democracy. Specifically, the project examines how changing practices of news...

Psephological Datasets, 1702-1865; Shrewsbury Poll Books, 1814

F. Crompton
Study No. 3033 comprises a computer transcript of the Shrewsbury poll books in order to investigate voting behaviour using nominal record linkage. This series of datasets contains information collected from poll books in the course of research and teaching.

Paperwork and Pressure in Educational Workplaces, 2007-2008

K. Tusting
This is a qualitative data collection. This project explored the impact of paperwork demands on people’s experiences in two contrasting educational workplaces. It focused on two case study sites: an Adult Education College, and an Early Years Education Centre. The broad aim of the project was to understand more about how changing textual processes are transforming the nature and experience of work in contemporary society. Its more specific objectives were:<ul><li>to document the literacy practices of...

Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes, 2009

S. Ball, D. Gillborn, N. Rollock & C. Vincent
This is a qualitative data collection. Race and class are key dimensions in contemporary education debates, but they are rarely considered in tandem: this is the first UK project to focus on Black Caribbean-heritage middle class parents and the education system. Drawing on 77 in-depth interviews with 62 Black parents, the research team explored and analysed their educational perspectives, strategies and priorities as they navigate their children through the school system. The aim was to...

E-Clusters in the E-Society: the Case of the Digital Content Industry, 2005

R. Gill & A. C. Pratt
This is a qualitative data collection. This project was concerned with the organisation and physical location of work in cutting edge e-businesses today; with the assumption that this is an appropriate 'forward position' from which to draw conclusions as to the likely state of the rest of the economy in a future, more fully developed, e-society.<br> <br> The research question was 'an examination of the forms of co-location and socio-economic interaction within and between firms...

Living Arrangements, Family Structure and Social Change of Caribbeans in Britain, 1995-1998

H. Goulbourne
This is a qualitative data collection. This project reviewed relevant British and Caribbean literature, established a quantitative profile of the size, structure and social and geographic mobility of families and households, and conducted trans-generational life-story interviews of a quota sample of 60 families (originating in Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad/Tobago) in Britain and the Caribbean. The findings of this research are intended to make a major contribution to contemporary understanding of Caribbean living arrangements (family, kinship,...

DIY Heart Health: Accounting for the Use of Statins, 2010-2011

C. Will & K. Weiner
This is a qualitative data collection.<br> <br> This project was designed to investigate lay ideas/practices concerning heart health in the context of debates about appropriate regulation of preventive drugs (i.e. sale direct to consumers; sale ‘over-the-counter’ (OTC) in pharmacies; or prescription). The initial proposal centered on users of statins purchased direct from pharmacists, but the research was extended to consider people who had been offered prescription statins for primary prevention. The researchers set out to...

Children, Flood and Urban Resilience, 2007-2010

W. Medd, M. Walker, K. Burningham, R. Whittle, J. Moran-Ellis & S. M. Tapsell
This is a qualitative data collection. The aim of the project was to undertake a participatory research programme to identify key issues in children and young people’s experiences and agency in relation to flooding and the flood recovery process, and to assess the lessons for policy worlds. One of the objectives of the study was to contribute to the archive being generated by the adult Hull Flood study to enable future research. The project design...

Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1961-1962

D. Lockwood & J. H. Goldthorpe
This study is available via the UK Data Service <a href="http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/QualiBank/">Qualibank</a>, an online tool for browsing, searching and citing the content of selected qualitative data collections held at the UK Data Service.<br> <br> The 'Affluent Worker' project was undertaken to test empirically the thesis of working class embourgeoisement. Conducted in the early 1960s, the empirical study consisted of interviews with manual workers and their wives. The original project was exploring the social and cultural influences...

Consumption, Lifestyle and Identity: Reading the New Men's Lifestyle Magazines, 1985-1997: Teaching Data

J. Haynes
This is a qualitative teaching data collection.<br> <br> Jo Haynes (Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol) has been using numerous data collections from ESDS Qualidata to support her teaching of qualitative research methods for several years. A key motivation was her desire to provide students with data, enabling more teaching time to focus on developing skills in data analysis. <br> <br> The <i>Consumption, Lifestyle and Identity, Reading the New Men's Lifestyle Magazines, 1985-1997:...

Qualitative Study of Democracy and Participation in Britain, 1925-2003: Teaching Data

J. Haynes
This is a qualitative teaching data collection.<br> <br> Dr Jo Haynes (Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bristol) has been using numerous data collections to support her teaching of qualitative research methods for several years. A key motivation was her desire to provide students with data, enabling more teaching time to focus on developing skills in data analysis. SN 5017 has been used in this way. This collection represents the subset of interviews specifically...

Effects of Scale in Organic Agriculture, 2006-2010

S. Stagl
<p>This is a mixed-methods data collection. The study is part of the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU) programme.<br> <br>Changing land cultivation from conventional to organic practices can have significant impacts on environmental factors such as wildlife, soil and water quality, as well as change the ways in which food is supplied, the economics of farm business and indeed the attitudes of farmers themselves. A factor that is little understood is how these depend on...

Biographical Interviews in Eastern Germany in 2007-08

A. Gallinat
The purpose of the data is to investigate to what degree the socialist past is constructed in the post socialist present of eastern Germany. Specifically, the project sought to explore: (1) the contentious character of memories of the socialist period, the changing and still unstable evaluations of that period, and the moral ambiguities condensed in these memories; (2) the connections between history, memorializing and remembering at various levels of dialogue and reflection, from policies about...

Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1961-1962: Special Licence Access

J. H. Goldthorpe & D. Lockwood
A selected sample of this study, listed under SN 6512: Affluent Worker in the Class Structure, 1961-1962, is available via the UK Data Service <a href="http://discover.ukdataservice.ac.uk/QualiBank/">Qualibank</a>, an online tool for browsing, searching and citing the content of selected qualitative data collections held at the UK Data Service. <br> <br> The 'Affluent Worker' project was undertaken to test empirically the thesis of working class embourgeoisement. Conducted in the early 1960s, the empirical study consisted of interviews...

Pioneers of Social Research, 1996-2012

P. Thompson
This is a qualitative data collection. The Pioneers of Social Research collection includes the full interview transcripts, interview summaries and edited thematic highlights of detailed life story interviews with a number of pioneers of social research. Conducted by pioneering oral historian, Paul Thompson and his colleagues, the interviews cover each individual's covers family and social background and key influences with detailed accounts of major projects. Because of their detail, these interviews are long – in...

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