Social Research Glossary


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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-18, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 24 January, 2018 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2018.


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Social research circle

core definition

Social research circle is a term used in the philosophy and sociology of science to refer to an intercommunicating network of practitioners.

explanatory context

A social research circle is more closely knit than an invisible college but does not have to be a unit or group within the same institution.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also


invisible college


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