Category Archives: Michael Billig

holiday question 2: Why do we make researching into nouns?

Every now and then I wonder why it is that we talk about research processes as things. Our research uses interviews, not we interview. Or we opt for surveys rather than we survey. Or there are focus groups, rather than … Continue reading

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another book saying academics can’t write?

I’ve just read Michael Billig’s latest book Learn to write badly. How to succeed in the Social Sciences. I wanted to hate it. I wanted to stay cross about the fact that it seems to be much easier to write … Continue reading

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