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The Sociology department at Edinburgh (founded in 1964 by Tom Burns) is one of the UK’s leading Sociology Departments, highly regarded for its record of influential original research and teaching. Edinburgh Sociology has been rated as first in the UK for the quality and breadth of its research in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF2014). We have a longstanding commitment to original empirical and theoretical work on society, and on the production of cultural and scientific knowledge. Our approach is shaped by a sociological understanding of the importance of the link between biography and history, private troubles and public issues,... Read rest of text

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May 05 Speaker: Prof. Paul Atkinson # Cardiff University; Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh Goffman Memorial Lecture 16:30 (2 hours) Chrystal Macmillan Building - 6th floor common room

Goffman Memorial Lecture

May 06 Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh Theorizing Social Inquiry: Contemporary Debates 13:00 (4 hours and 30 minutes) Chrystal Macmillan Building, 6th Floor Common Room


May 09 Hosted by: Sociology # University of Edinburgh; Introduced by: Lynn Jamieson # University of Edinburgh; Introduced by: Ros Edwards # University of Southampton; Introduced by: Tarani Chandola # University of Manchester BIG QUALIDATA: Tackling Analysis of Very Large Volumes of Qualitative Data in Social Science Research 13:00 (3 hours) Chrystal Macmillan Building - 6th Floor Common Room


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