Kip Jones

KIP JONES, an American by birth, has been studying and working in the UK for more than 19 years.
Under the umbrella term of 'arts-based research', his main efforts have involved developing tools
from the arts and humanities for use by social scientists in research and its impact on a wider
public or a Perfomative Social Science.

Jones is Reader in Performative Social Science and Director of the Centre for Qualitative Research
at Bournemouth University. Kip has produced films and written many articles for academic
journals and authored chapters for books on topics such as masculinity, ageing and rurality,
and older LGBT citizens. His ground-breaking use of qualitative methods, including
biography and auto-ethnography, and the use of tools from the arts in social science research and
dissemination are well-known.

Jones acted as Author and Executive Producer of
the award-winning short film,
RUFUS STONE, funded by Research Councils UK.
The film is now available for
free viewing on the Internet and has been
viewed by more than 13,000 people in 150

Areas of expertise
• Close relationships, culture and ethnicity
• Social psychology, sociology
• Ageing, self and identity
• Interpersonal processes, personality,
individual differences,
social networks, prejudice and stereotyping
• Sexuality and sexual orientation
• Creativity and the use of the
arts in Social Science

Media experience
His work has been reported widely
in the media, including:
BBC Radio 4,BBC TV news,Times
Higher Education, Sunday New
York Times, International
and The Independent.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Words I Hate by Curmudgeonly Kip

Over-used scholarly words that I hate:

Gushy words used to describe serious work that I hate:

Made-up touchy-feely words that I hate:
Indepthness (Just saw this one in a title!)
[I once gave some Phenomenology Zealots a list of 2874 pre-existing perfectly fine words ending in –ness. They couldn’t be bothered.]

Some examples of usage of the words that I hate (totally made up):
“This report contains thick description”. 
Means: “There was so much data that I didn’t’ know what to do with it”.

“The project took a rigourous and robust approach”.
Means: “We couldn’t think of anything specific to describe our method”.

“However, the moon is made of cheese”.
Question: However, what? Where are we? What preceded this grand theory? Can you really bounce a meatball?

“Her statement was evocative of other states of mind as well”.
Means: “The interviewee really confused me, but I probably wasn’t listening”.
Words that I like:
Nonetheless (as a salve for ‘However’)

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