`an extremely useful summary of the work on occupational cognition carried out by Coxon and Jones...makes a major contribution to understanding the cognition and evaluation of occupations. Those who have struggled through the early working papers, and those who have not will find this a stimulating account of the use of multidimensional scaling methods to construct structural models. The authors derive many insights from the ethnomethodology of the later works of Cicourol, and conclude with an intriguing discussion of the possible generative capacity involved in the development of occupational imagery' -- Network, No 37 January 1987
`On methodological grounds alone the book deserves our attention in order to expand our repertoire of techniques for studying social structure' -- Contemporary Sociology
About the Author
Tony Coxon is an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Edinburgh's School of Social and Political Studies. He is also Emeritus Professor, University of Wales, College of Cardiff. He has taught MDS and advanced quantitative methods for more than 30 years and written numerous articles on the various techniques and models associated with MDS. Most notably, Dr. Coxon has published three methodology texts: The User's Guide to Multidimensional Scaling (1982, Heineman); Key Texts in Multidimensional Scaling (1982, Heineman); and Sorting Data: Collection and Analysis (1999, Sage QASS series). He has also written 41 entries in the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Sociology, and most recently wrote the entry on multidimensional scaling for The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods (2003).