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Prof William Sharrock - research

Research interests

I am involved (with Dave Randall and Richard Harper) in writing a book on Choice which will survey and analyse the way choice is conceived in sociology and in related disciplines such as economics, cognitive science and evolutionary psychology with a view to determining how adequate their ideas are to understanding the internet. With Bob Anderson I have just completed (August 2013) an analysis of technical problems in Analytic Sociology (posted on the Sharrock Anderson archive: to be followed by an examination of Experimental Philosophy and a study of the practical organisation of organisational planning. With Michael Mair and Christian Greiffenhagen I’m finishing three papers based on a small comparative study of quantitative and qualitative researchers at work, whilst with Phil Brooker and Christian Greiffenhagen I am putting final touches to a paper on the use of computerised visualisations in astrophysics research. Graham Button and I have just launched an investigation into the philosophical basis for sociological ideas of expertise. All by myself I’m working on a book provisionally called The Rule Book because its about the issues that surround the idea of rules (and,indeed, of language, insofar as language is rule governed ) in sociology (and some related areas) and a paper about method in sociology to go in a memorial collection for Harold Garfinkel.