Alasdair B R Stewart

I am a sociologist interested in theoretical-empircal research, open science, state-crafting, dwelling spaces, social suffering, and social security.

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Upcoming plenary – “The Victim is Always Everyone That’s on the Bottom, The Working Class, The Physically and Mentally Ill”.

Alongside Drs Joanne Brown and Jenny McNeill, I am presenting at the Medicine, Health and Illness Stream Plenary for the BSA’s Annual Conference. Our presentation will explore disabled claimants’ lived experience of punitive welfare conditionality, drawing on data from the Welfare Conditionality Project, a Health Foundation study on welfare conditionality…

Weber, the body, and capitalism

“It was in the attempt to form a new type of individual that the bourgeoisie engaged in that battle against the body that has become its historic mark. According to Max Weber, the reform of the body is at the core of the bourgeois ethic because capitalism makes acquisition ‘the…

A Qualitative Computing Revolution?

The challenges of data management and analysis on a large longitudinal qualitative research project Computer aided qualitative data analysis has the potential to revolutionise both the scale of research and possible analysis techniques. Yet, the software itself still imposes limits that hinder and prevent this full potential from being realised….



PythiaQDA is free and open source software for qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis in (very) early development. Runs on Linux, Windows, and MacOS.