ETHNOGRAPHY – what is it and why do it?

On digital ethnography

On Epistemic Integrity in Social Research

On Hutchinson et al ‘s Winchian Critique

Research Design

What was radical about ethnomethodology?

Childhood Studies: A transdisciplinary field?

Reflections on Atkinson’s For Ethnography

Marxist bias and academic freedom

Reflections on the role of the liberal university and the role of the academic

What is qualitative research and what should it be?

Evidence-based policymaking-more than a slogan?

Is the evidence based movement more harm than good Reply to Chalmers

The Mis-selling of Social Science

Translating Research Findings into Policy and Practice

Review of the Field of Methodological Texts

Glossing inadequacies

Perils of impact


Am I or have I ever been a symbolic interactionist?

Reproducing or constructing: on transcription 


Research Ethics


Myth_of_research_based practice 

On critical realism

Theory and evidence

Whose side was Becker on

Forms of capital

Forms of capital

Assessing Validity in Social Research

Analytic Induction and Grounded Theorising

Critical Realism

Ethnography and Discourse Analysis

Is social measurement possible? 

Sampling and Thematic Analysis Response to Fugard and Potts

Relationship between Qualitative and Quantitative Research

Research Integrity for Psychological and Social research

Response to Carpenter Research Ethics

Re-using qualitative data

Sociology, What’s It For? A Critique of Gouldner

Teaching Qualitative Methodology

Is it possible to teach research methods well? 


Troubles with Triangulation

What evidence for evidence-based practice?

On the Teacher as Researcher



On fact and value

Get Real! A defence of realism

PhD Thesis A Peculiar World: Teaching And Learning in an Inner-City School

Hammersley and Scarth The Impact of Examinations on Secondary School Teaching

Full List of Publications



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