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"Michael Billig makes important and novel arguments about the state of writing - and therefore the state of thinking - in the social sciences. This book presents detailed critiques of writings by a wide range of social scientists. Billig uses vivid examples to demonstrate the conditions in which bad writing is nurtured and to show its wider significance for academia and beyond. This is a highly entertaining read which had me laughing out loud at times."
Christine Griffin, Professor of Social Psychology, University of Bath

"A wonderful look at the academic world and the kind of writing it encourages. I especially enjoyed the chapters on mass publication, sociology, and experimental social psychology."
Tom Scheff, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

"If you are put off by the highly specialized, closed and boring technical prose that increasingly characterizes a good deal of contemporary social science, then Michael Billig shares your annoyance! A wise, informed and well-written account, showing just why so many social scientists write badly."
John Van Maanen, Erwin H. Schell Professor of Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management

"Once again, Michael Billig has succeeded in challenging one of the characteristics of scholars' writing in the social sciences which is usually taken for granted: the use of too much abstract jargon which mystifies and obfuscates the interpretation, reflection and explanation of our findings. In his brilliant, typically humorous but also cynical and accurate analysis of scholars' narcissism, the author points to alternative ways of combining complex research with fundamental and necessary scholarly standards - while simultaneously making our work accessible to a broader public, in the spirit of true critical science."
Ruth Wodak, Distinguished Professor and Chair in Discourse Studies, Lancaster University

"Michael Billig is writing from the inside as a professor of social sciences at Loughborough University: he knows all the tricks and poses, and examines them with a mix of cool detachment, warm humour and suitably dense footnoting."
Gideon Haigh, 'Books of the Year', Spectator (Australia)

"[A] splendid book, which I'm going to make compulsory reading for anyone who crosses my path."
Martin Parker, Organization

"[Billig's] argument will interest most academics, not merely those in the social sciences ... any self-reflective academic or writer will benefit from reading his accomplished study."
Luke Brunning, The Cambridge Humanities Review

"A highly respected researcher, Billig is well positioned to offer his critique ... The book's apt, somewhat tongue-in-cheek illustrations cleverly prove Billig's claims ... Essential. Graduate students, researchers, faculty."
C. E. O'Neill, Choice

"... a thought-provoking manifesto for good writing."
Helen Jones, Sociology

Book Description

An entertaining but scholarly book examining why today's social scientists are writing so poorly. Michael Billig analyses the competitive conditions under which academics are mass producing research and identifies the linguistic characteristics of bad writing in the social sciences, arguing that these two factors are closely related.

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  • File Size: 906 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2013)
  • Publication Date: July 18, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CMNTKBS
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