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SPSS as an ‘inscription device’: from causality to description?

Uprichard, E.; Burrows, Roger and Byrne, D.. 2008. SPSS as an ‘inscription device’: from causality to description? The Sociological Review, 56(4), pp. 606-622. ISSN 0038-0261 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

This paper examines the development of SPSS from 1968 to 2008, and the manner in which it has been used in teaching and research in British Sociology.We do this in order to reveal some of the changes that have taken place in statistical reasoning as an inscription device in the discipline over this period. We conclude that to characterise these changes as a shift from ‘causal’ to more ‘descriptive’ modes of analysis is too simplistic. Such a shift is certainly apparent, but it meshes in complex ways with a range of other – just as important – changes, that together mark a phase-shift in the functioning of sociological quantification.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-954X.2008.00807.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
2008Published

Item ID:

5823

Date Deposited:

17 Nov 2011 10:53

Last Modified:

11 Jul 2018 02:38

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5823

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