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Pearl Jephcott: The Legacy of a forgotten sociological research pioneer

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posted on 11.09.2014, 14:44 by John D. Goodwin, Henrietta O'Connor
While the lives and works of many sociologists have now been well documented, numerous sociologists at the ‘coal face’ of social research remain ignored. Consequently, beyond the contributions of those more ‘well-known’ scholars, considerably more needs to be done to examine the history of our discipline and reassess the significant contributions made by ‘other’ researchers so that we may reappraise what can be learnt from these ‘pioneer scholars’. In this article we focus on Pearl Jephcott (1900–1980), who in a research career spanning 40 years, but now largely forgotten, was at the forefront of methodological innovation in the 1960s. We offer an introduction to her work, focusing on questions such as why were her methods innovative and why is she now ignored within sociology?

History

Citation

Sociology, 2015, 49 (1), pp.139 –155

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Management

Published in

Sociology

Publisher

SAGE Publications for British Sociological Association

issn

0038-0385

eissn

1469-8684

Copyright date

2014

Available date

23/05/2015

Publisher version

http://soc.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/05/22/0038038514530536.abstract

Language

en