This paper discusses issues of research design and methods in new materialist social inquiry, an approach that is attracting increasing interest across the social sciences as an alternative to either realist or constructionist ontologies. New materialism de-privileges human agency, focusing instead upon how assemblages of the animate and inanimate together produce the world, with fundamental implications for social inquiry methodology and methods. Key to our exploration is the materialist notion of a ‘research-assemblage’ comprising researcher, data, methods and contexts. We use this understanding first to explore the micropolitics of the research process, and then – along with a review of 30 recent empirical studies – to establish a framework for materialist social inquiry methodology and methods. We discuss the epistemological consequences of adopting a materialist ontology.
|Number of pages
|International Journal of Social Research Methodology
|Early online date
|6 Jun 2014
|Published - 4 Jul 2015
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- Department of Behavioural and Social Sciences - Professor of Sociology
- School of Human and Health Sciences
- Centre for Citizenship, Conflict, Identity and Diversity