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Time, Money, and Social Science: The British Birth Cohort Surveys of 1946 and 1958

Welshman, John (2012) Time, Money, and Social Science: The British Birth Cohort Surveys of 1946 and 1958. Social history of medicine, 25 (1). pp. 175-192. ISSN 0951-631X

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Abstract

Important claims have been made for what has been termed the dynamic analysis of poverty. However, apart from references to Rowntree's mention of the life cycle in his 1901 survey, the earlier history of these approaches has been neglected. This article seeks to document the historical origins of the two main UK birth cohort surveys—the 1946 National Survey of Health and Development (NSHD) and the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS). It locates their origins within wider historical contexts, and shows how their focus changed. In the absence of guaranteed long-term funding, especially for the NCDS, each generation of researchers needed to make a fresh case for a follow-up survey. It is this need, and for this reason, that the birth cohort surveys can shed so much light on the history of social science research in post-war Britain.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social history of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: birth cohort survey ; longitudinal ; social science ; poverty ; funding
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > History
ID Code: 54566
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 May 2012 15:50
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:28
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54566

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