Research Claims and Interpretative Contexts
|24 March 2016
|13:00 - 14:00
|What is it:
|Who is it for:
|University staff, Adults, Current University students
This seminar with be presented by Professor Bryan Fanning, Simon and Hallsworth visiting professor at the University of Manchester in the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (Code).
Andrew Abbott emphasises how throughout the history of the social sciences heuristic dualisms between positivism and interpretativism can be seen to play out again and again at all levels of debate and analysis. The focus of this seminar is upon some of the ideological and normative contexts of academic interpretations of British urban policy that are found in literature views accompanying research on community activism and land use planning. The case study refers to field research undertaken in the London Borough of Haringey and the interpretative contexts to which such research might be related. The aim is to address challenges that emerge in relating many kinds of social science ‘evidence’ to wider debates.
Professor Fanning is a leading scholar on the topics of racism and immigration studies within ‘new’ migration destinations specifically within the Republic of Ireland. His work is also concerned with understanding intellectual history and the welfare economy. He has a longstanding research interest in the politics of community participation in the United Kingdom with a particular focus on Tottenham and the London Borough of Haringey. He is a proponent of examining racism through a historical lens in relation to nation building, nationalism and post-colonial identities. He is member of the Migration and Citizenship Research Initiative in University College Dublin and currently on the editorial board of The Irish Journal of Sociology and formerly of Translocations and sits on the Holocaust Education Trust Ireland (HETI). Along with his several monographs his two latest works are:
Fanning, B (2016) Irish Adventures in Nation Building. Manchester: Manchester, University Press
Dillion, D and Fanning, B (2011) Lessons for the Big Society: Planning, Regeneration and the Politics of Community Participation. Surrey, Ashgate
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