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Methodological Musings

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First Impressions Count: Self-Presentation in Qualitative Interviews

In this post for Methodological Musings, John Taggart reflects on the importance of first impressions and self-presentation in Socio-Legal interviews.

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Contemporary Reflections on the Push and Pull of the Policy Audience by Two Feminist Methodologists

In this post for Methodological Musings, Professor Linda Mulcahy and Dr Anna Tsalapatanis reflect on the implications of the push and pull of policy engagement when doing Socio-Legal work.

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Overcoming Class Boundaries During Empirical Research with Vulnerable Communities

In this post for Methodological Musings, PhD student Anwita Dinkar reflects on her fieldwork experiences carrying out research with vulnerable communities, navigating the place and presence of class.

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Connecting the Past and Present: An Anecdote from the Dangs

In this post for Methodological Musings, DPhil student Aastha Prasad reflects on the construction of identities and ways of belonging through stories about the past, among Adivasi communities.

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‘Lawyer’ in the Lab: Navigating the ‘Extreme Robotics Lab’ as a Socio-Legal Researcher

In this post for Methodological Musings, Angela Eggleton reflects on the practice of 'discipline hopping' and the methodological insights encountered whilst undertaking research as a lawyer in a lab.

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Overwhelmed by Data? Or Stuck Through Sadness?

In this post for Methodological Muisngs, Professor Tamara Hervey explores the feelings of overwhelm and sadness that can happen when collecting data during Socio-Legal research.

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The Sublime of the Everyday: Moments of Disruption as Connection in Remote Interviews During Sensitive Research

In this post for Methodological Musings, DPhil student Ellie Whittingdale reflects on moments of disruption as connection during online interviews with sexual violence support workers.

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Two Lessons: Conducting Empirical Research on Violence Against Women

In this post, Professor Cristina Valega Chipoco reflects on two main lessons learnt during her first fieldwork experience, carrying out research into violence against women.

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Stories that Refugee Artworks Tell: Using the ‘Visual’ in Socio-Legal Research

In this post for Methodological Musings, Berfin Nur Osso reflects on art as method and the importance of the visual turn, drawing upon her own experiences using art in different empirical projects.

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Movement as Socio-Legal Method

In this post for Methodological Musings, Dr Jess Smith explores movement as Socio-Legal method, drawing upon her rich field experiences journeying through the Beaney House of Art & Knowledge.

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Not Just for Nerds: Web-scraping as a Socio-Legal Research Tool

In this post for Methodological Musings, Dr Jed Meers reflects on his experiences using web-scraping as method, and makes the case that it is an enriching Socio-Legal research tool.

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We Should all Get our Hands Dirty: Reflections on Why Lawyers Should Become Archaeologists

In this post, Emma Nottingham reflects on legal archaeology as method, drawing upon her own work digging into legal cases and the methodological challenges and insights she encountered.