Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2016 Archive

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Working with theory in social research

APPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL THEORY IN EMPIRICAL STUDIES

13 September 2016

This session will cover examples of the empirical application of three specific theoretical approaches in order to illustrate ways of operationalising social theory in social research to produce new knowledge. The theoretical approaches have quite distinct critical objects, and also different ontological and epistemological foundations. Nonetheless all these approaches are based in extensive research practice and lend themselves to application by other researchers, in other sites and locales or with other kinds of participants and populations.

The seminar is not intended in any way as a comparison of theoretical approaches; the purpose is to highlight the applicability of existing theories to the conduct of new empirical research, and to encourage researchers in the effort of application!

The session will look at the following three examples and broach the following questions:


  • Connell’s theory of gender regimes – how could we capture the operation of gender regimes in empirical research in a particular organisation or a particular site? How could we design a study (or a data analysis tool) that will enable us to find – or say something more about – gender regimes?

  • Bourdieusian ‘capitals’ in gender research – how would we capture the existence of forms of ‘capital’ in empirical research about particular individual experiences? How could we design a study OR a data analysis tool that will enable us to find – or say something more about – gendered forms of capital?

  • Foucaultian ‘discourses’ in gender research – how can we capture the existence/operation of specific ‘discourses’ in empirical research, on particular texts or in particular locales? How could we design a study (or data analysis tool) that will enable us to find – or say something more – about gendering or gendered discourses?

Event details

  • When: 4–6pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing the research student liaison officer.

  • Contact: Suin Jung
    Research Student Liaison Officer, Sydney School of Education and Social Work
    T: +61 2 9351 6268 | E: edsw.rslo@sydney.edu.au

  • More info: http://sydney.edu.au/education_social_work/doctoral_studies/research_training_support/research_training_modules/working-with-theory-2016.shtml

  • Speaker: Susan Goodwin is associate professor of policy studies at The University of Sydney. She teaches social policy in the undergraduate BSW program as well as the Master of Policy Studies program, and supervises higher degree research students working on gender, social policy, poverty and inequality and community capacity building. She is the co-author of Social Policy for Social Change (2009) and co-editor of all the following: The Good Mother: contemporary motherhoods in Australia (2010), Schools, Communities and Social Inclusion (2011) and Markets Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy (2015). Her book with Carol Bacchi, Poststructural Policy Analysis (2016) is scheduled for publication later this year. Dr Goodwin is involved in research and policy analysis with a wide range of communities and organisations at the local, state, national and international levels.

Working with theory in social research: applications of social theory in empirical studies

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

13 September 2016


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