Announcing The Archive Project!

The Archive Project: Archival Research in the Social Sciences (published 16 July 2016; Routledge; available to purchase here) is concerned with the 'how to' of the methodology of archival research in the social sciences. It has been jointly written by four of us - alphabetically, Niamh Moore, Andrea Salter, Liz Stanley, Maria Tamboukou - in the context of the ‘archival turn’, the vast surge of interest in archives, memory and traces of the past that has occurred among both popular and academic audiences over the last few decades.

An archive is a repository of some kind - a dish with flotsam and jetsam from someone's travels, as shown here, or a purpose-built building like the British Library, or boxes of papers from a social movement group, and so on - and it holds the remaining traces of the past, usually but not always those beyond living memory. 

How should research on these traces be done, and what kind of methodology should be used? 'Methodology’ includes method in the sense of techniques of investigation (although it's by no means confined to this), theory of both a middle-range and a more abstract social theory kind, and an over-arching framework organised around some principles or grounding. The principles underpinning The Archive Project are at once political, ethical and intellectual and we present them under the broad heading of a feminist archival sensibility. All of its chapters provide detailed information about the varied working practices of archival research and how this sensibility plays out. 

Read on!

The Archive Project... is available on the Routledge websitewhere a discount of 20% is available with the code FLR40. Please pass on information about the book - and the discount - to colleagues who may be interested. Thank you!