Editors: Mike Brennan’s review of Bad News from Israel (Democratiya 3) was
a triumph of maliciousness over accuracy. It is a sorry day for sociology when a
Research Fellow in the subject actually complains that ‘swathes of the book groan
under the weight of empirical data.’ In a similar way, he refers to the ‘dreary list of
appendices,’ where further data and information about research methods are to be
found. This is what we call evidence. It is what sociologists do: they gather evidence,
analyse it and present it for public scrutiny. From my knowledge of Warwick
University sociology department that is precisely what his colleagues routinely do.
But this man, in the immortal words of John McEnroe, cannot be serious.
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