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Identities and Social Change in Britain since 1940: The Politics of Method Hardcover – July 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0199587650 ISBN-10: 0199587655 Edition: 1st

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"Students of social science theory and method and the social and intellectual history of Britain will find much of interest here. Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE

"Mike Savage is one of the UK's foremost historical sociologists and his recent exciting book provides a fascinating insight into the history of the social sciences and their role in the remaking of social class identities in Britain from the 1930s to the present day...this book provides a fascinating consideration of the role of expertise within British 20th-century history and its interaction within the creation of a specialised sociology as an academic will be of great use to historians and sociologists of post-war Britain."--Reviews in History

"In this provocative book Mike Savage puts social science at the heart of Britain's postwar social history. He shows how the language of social science conditions how we have come to think about ourselves--about our class and gender identities, about what it means to be 'modern', even what it means to be an individual. A bold and stimulating argument that will open new horizons."--Peter Mandler, Professor of Modern Cultural History, Cambridge University

"This is a quite remarkable book, tracing out how the idioms of social science moved from being the preserve of elites asserting jurisdiction over the 'social' to a normal part of the repertoire of everyday life. Using a battery of social science methods to provide the clues to social differentiation and the landscapes of Britain as the crime scene, Savage shows how social science researchers enacted their own detective story and in so doing produced the lineaments of a modern, rational, post-imperial nation, an imaginative geometry which is only now beginning to fall away."--Nigel Thrift, Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick

"An exciting, stimulating book. Identities and Social Change in Britain is at once a history of British social science, an inquiry into what is known by different research methods, an exploration of how social science informs public knowledge, and an original look at how Britain's national portrait was crafted and recrafted through the dramatic transformations of the mid-20th century. It should engage theorists, empirical researchers, and especially those who think the best social science always combines both of these with a high level of reflexivity."--Craig Calhoun, Professor of Sociology, New York University, and President of the Social Science Research Council

"Identities and Social Change provides several engaging insights into the social constriction of the sociological object." --American Journal of Sociology

About the Author

Mike Savage is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, where he is also Director of the ESRC's Centre for Research on Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). He has written extensively on social change in Britain after 1945 notably in Class Analysis and Social Transformation and in Globalisation and Belonging (with Gaynor Bagnall and Brian Longhurst).

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