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It focuses on questions such as:
How is new social scientific knowledge produced or existing knowledge further developed?
What status does this knowledge have and how can this be established?
To what extent can the ways of advancing knowledge in the natural sciences be used in the social sciences?
What major dilemmas do social researchers face in the development of new knowledge?
No other text offers such a clear and accessible, but still rigorous, account of these sometimes complex debates.
This second edition has been thoroughly updated to encompass the most contemporary debates about the conduct and underpinnings of social research. More attention is also paid to research practice. In addition, integrated empirical examples have been included to illustrate and extend the philosophical and theoretical discussion.
Approaches to Social Enquiry will be invaluable to advanced undergraduate and graduate students who are planning their own research or studying research methods, and to researchers across a wide range of disciplines.
Part I: Science and Social Science.
2. What Kind of Science is Social Science?.
3. What Kind of Science is Social Science? Contemporary Responses?.
4. Review and Critique of the Approaches.
Part II: Research and Strategies.
5. Inductive and Deductive Strategies.
6. Retroductive and Abductive Strategies.
Part III: Some Methodological Issues.
7. Choosing Between Approaches and Strategies.
Figures and Tables.