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Calculating People

Calculating People is a reading group on history and philosophy of social sciences dedicated in Michaelmas 2019 to the theme 'What counts as evidence in social sciences?'. The group reads leading social science research in alternation with methodological and philosophical articles. All participants commit to doing the reading each time and to attending all sessions. The session starts with each participant briefly describing their impressions/questions on the reading assigned, after which the chair conducts a discussion on the recurring themes.

The meetings take place on Thursdays at 2pm in the Board Room. Organised by Anna Alexandrova and Christopher Clarke.

Michaelmas Term 2019

10 October

Daniel Hirschman, 'Stylized Facts in the Social Sciences', Sociological Science, July 19, 2016.

17 October

Wood, Elisabeth Jean (2003). Insurgent collective action and civil war in El Salvador. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 1–2.

24 October

Devault, Marjorie L. 'Talking and Listening from Women's Standpoint: Feminist Strategies for Interviewing and Analysis', Social Problems, vol. 37, no. 1, 1990, pp. 96–116.

31 October

Wood, Elisabeth Jean (2003). Insurgent collective action and civil war in El Salvador. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 3–4.

7 November

Freese, J., & Peterson, D. (2017). 'Replication in social science', Annual Review of Sociology, 43, 147–165.


14 November

Wood, Elisabeth Jean (2003). Insurgent collective action and civil war in El Salvador. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 5–6.

21 November

Freese, J., & Peterson, D. (2018). 'The Emergence of Statistical Objectivity: Changing Ideas of Epistemic Vice and Virtue in Science', Sociological Theory, 36(3), 289–313.

28 November

Wood, Elisabeth Jean (2003). Insurgent collective action and civil war in El Salvador. Cambridge University Press. Chapters 7–8 and epilogue.