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Research Profile

Prof Malcolm Williams 


Selected Publications

Books and Edited Collections

Letherby, G, Scott, J and Williams M (2012 ) Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research. London: Sage.

Williams, M and Vogt, P (eds) (2011)Sage Handbook of Methodological Innovation. London: Sage.

Payne, G and Williams, M (eds) (2011Teaching Quantitative Methods- Counting on the Social Sciences. London: Sage

Williams, M (2006) Philosophical Foundations of Social Research (four volume edited collection) London: Sage.

Williams, M (2003)  Making Sense of Social Research. London: Sage.

Williams, M (2000) Science and Social Science. London, Routledge

May, T and Williams, M (eds) (1998) Knowing the Social World. Buckingham: Open University Press.

Williams, M and May, T (1996) Introduction to the Philosophy of Social Research. London: Routledge.

Williams, M; Dale, A and Dodgeon, B (1996) Housing Need and Social Deprivation. London: HMSO.

Journal Articles  (Since 2004)

Williams, M and Husk, K (in press) ‘Can we, Should we measure ethnicity?  International Journal of Social Research Methodology.

Husk, K and Williams, M (in press) ’The Legitimation of Ethnicity: the case of the Cornish.  Ethnicity and Nationalism

Williams, M (2011) ‘Contingent or Necessary: a response to Stephen Norrie’ Social Epistemology 26 2

Williams, M (2011) ‘Contingent Realism – abandoning necessity’ Social Epistemology 25 1 37-56

Williams, M (2010)  Can we measure homelessness? A critical evaluation of ‘Capture–Recapture’  Methodological Innovations Online 5(2) 49-59

Williams, M  (2009) Social Objects, Causality and Contingent Realism. Journal for the theory of Social Behaviour 39: 1 1- 18.

Williams, M, Payne, G and Hodgkinson, L  (2008)‘Does Sociology Count: student attitudes to the teaching of quantitative methods’.  Sociology 42 5 1003-1022

Williams, M  (2008)‘An Orchestra of Soloists’ [Review Article] Sociology 42 5 1023-1028

Williams, M  (2008) ‘MacIver and Causality’ Journal of Scottish Thought.  Vol 1 1 pp67-88.

Ware, L; Maconachie, M;  Williams,M; Chandler, J and Dodgeon, B (2007) ‘Gender Life Course Transitions from the Nuclear Family in England and Wales 1981-2001Sociological Research Online, Volume 12, Issue 4,

Williams, M(2006) ‘Can Scientists be Objective?’ Social Epistemology 20 2 163-180.

Collett, T; Williams, M; Maconachie, M; Chandler, J and Dodgeon, B (2006) ‘Long Termness with regards to sickness and disability: an example of the value of longitudinal data for testing reliability and validity’ International Journal of Social Research Methodology, Theory and Practice.  9 3 224-243)

Williams, M (2005) ‘Discourse and Social Science in Cornish Studies – A Reply to Bernard Deacon.  Cornish Studies 2nd series 13 pp 14-22

Williams, M (2005) ‘Situated Objectivity’ Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour 35 1  pp 99-120

Payne, G and Williams, M (2005)   ‘Methodological Pluralism – Reply to May’  Sociology. 39 3 529-534

Payne, G and Williams, M (2005)   ‘Generalisation in Qualitative Research’.  Sociology. 39 2 pp  295-314.

Williams, M; Hodgkinson, L and Payne, G (2005) ‘Crisis of Number: Response to Robert Moore’ Radical Statistics 86 pp 6 - 7.

Chandler, J; Williams, M; Maconachie, M; Collett, T and Dodgeon, B (2004)’Living Alone: Its Place in Household Formation and Change’ Sociological Research Online Vol 9 3 http://www.socresonline.org.uk/9/3/chandler.html  

Williams, M; Hodgkinson, L; Payne, G. (2004) ‘A Crisis of Number? Some Recent Evidence from British Sociology’. Radical Statistics 85 pp 40-54.

Payne, G; Williams, M; Chamberlain, S (2004) ‘Methodological Pluralism in British Sociology’ Sociology  Vol 38, 1 pp153 - 164.

Book Chapters (since 2004)

Williams, M (2013) ‘Probability and Models’ in Edwards, P, O’Mahoney, J and Vincent, S  Studying Organisations using Critical Realism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Williams ,M and Vogt, W P (2011)’Innovation in social Research Methods’ in Williams, M and Vogt, W.P) (eds) Sage Handbook of Methodological Innovation London: Sage

Payne, G and Williams, M (2011 ‘The Crisis of number’: Informed Citizens, Competant Social Scientists’ in Payne, G and Williams, M (eds) Teaching Quantitative Methods. London: Sage.

Williams, M and Sutton, C (2011)’Challenges and Opportunities for Developing Teaching in Quantitative Methods’ in Payne, G and Williams, M (eds) Teaching Quantitative Methods. London: Sage.

Williams, M (2010) ‘Interpretivism and Generalisation’ in David , M (2010) (Ed) Methods of Interpretive Sociology. London: Sage.

Williams, M (2010) ‘Can Scientists be Objective’  in Olsen, W (ed) Realist Methodology. London: Sage.

Williams, M (2010 ) ‘Can Scientists be Objective’  in Olsen, W (ed) Realist Methodology. London: Sage.

Williams, M (2010) ‘Commitment and Investigation in Knowing the Social World’ in Olsen, W (ed) Realist Methodology. London: Sage.

Williams, M and Dyer, W (2009) ‘Single Case Probabilities’ in Ragin, C and Byrne, D (eds) Case Based Methods London: Sage.

Williams, M (2009) ‘Robert MacIver’ Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology.

Williams, M ; Maconachie, M ;Ware, L; Chandler, J and Dodgeon, B (2008) ‘Living Alone in England and Wales 1971 – 2001’ in Edwards, R (ed) Researching Families, Community and Generational Change. London: Routledge.

Williams, M (2006) ‘Contingency, Reality and Plurality in Social Research’ in Williams, M Philosophical Foundations of Social Research Methods (Four Volumes) London: Sage.

Williams, M (2005) ‘Definition, Measurement and Legitimacy in Studies of Homelessness’ in Romero, M and Margolis, E (eds)  Social Inequalities (Blackwell Companion to Sociology Series) Malden, Mass.: Blackwell. pp 190-210.

Williams, M and Dyer, W (2004) ‘Realism and Probability’ Carter, B and New, C (eds.) Making Realism Work. London: Routledge. pp 67-86.

Williams, M (2004)  ‘The effects of counterbanization on local housing need’ in Hulchanski, D;Murdie, R and Campsie, P (eds) Adequate and Affordable Housing for All. Toronto: CUCS Press. pp 119-121