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A Guide to Methodology

11. Research outcomes

11.1 Introduction



Timliness... amazingly, Damon (2009) reported a small study od anorexics in Sociology in 2009 that used data collected from 1997 to 2001.Thus some of the data was already a decade old by the time the article appeared. The study drew on a small sample of 14 hospitalized anorexics and three formerly-diagnosed anorexics, comparative interviews on body and food practices with 11 high-school girls plus their teachers (11 interviews). Eight years from the end of the study to publication seems an inordiately long time for such a small relatively insignificant study that concluded that the orientations and practices developed through being anorexic clearly builds upon activities and attitues
identified with middle- and upper-class status. The world has moved on and no explanation was provided for the tardiness in reporting.

Although not as long, Blokland's (2008) study also published in Sociology in 2008 drew on ethnographic data collected between 2000 and 2004.


Although not as long,

'The fifth element: social class and the sociology
of anorexia' Sociology 43(4), pp. 717–33
 Muriel Darmon

Sociology Volume 43  Number 4  August 2009


, anorexic patients from two different hospitals
(six patients in Hospital H, eight in Clinic C) and five months of observations of
the everyday life and talk therapy sessions in the units in which they were hospitalized.
The research included interviews with some of their teachers (11 interviews),
snowball interviews with formerly diagnosed anorexics (3) and comparative
interviews on body and food practices with high-school girls (11 interviews).


Sudhir Venkatesh, after 20 years doing fieldwork, is doubtful that:

poverty research has actually helped the poor. He is understandably wary of quick-fix solutions and believes academics need to be more modest. "American social scientists have an inflated sense of their capacity to do good in terms of public policy." he says. "I think we'd be better off if we tried to organise our intellectual activity around enlivening public discourse, using analysis to help people better understand the world." (Reisz, 2008, p. 44)


Whyte's book not appreciated by Doc



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