At a time when governments and social services tend to associate ‘evidence-based’ knowledge with certain types of research (for example, quantitative, randomised control trials), it is especially important to highlight the value of qualitative research in understanding social problems. What are the recent developments in qualitative research on social problems? How best to conduct an empirically substantiated analysis of the construction of ‘classic’ social problems, and what types of methodological innovation do we need to understand new ones? These sessions welcome papers that address these and related issues with the overall conference theme as a common denominator.
Methods for the analysis of social problems I: In the margins of society. Session organizer: Nanna Mik-Meyer, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.
Methods for the analysis of social problems II: Politics of the field. Session organizer: Anna Meeuwisse, School of Social Work, Lund University, Sweden.
The sessions are scheduled as number 8 and 23.