Access to qualitative mixed methods data
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.
Some of the key studies providing qualitative mixed methods data are listed below.
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 continuous 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.
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.
Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis
This project explored the dynamics of migration in the Mediterranean region by providing a large-scale, systematic and comparative study of the backgrounds, experiences, aspirations and routes of migrants in four European countries (Italy, Greece, Malta and Turkey).
Retail Competition And Consumer Choice
This project addressed the implication of the growth in concentration in food retailing in the UK – resulting from market 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.