Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again / Edition 1

Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again / Edition 1

by Bent Flyvbjerg
     
 

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ISBN-10: 052177568X

ISBN-13: 9780521775687

Pub. Date: 01/28/2001

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to social science, including theoretical argument, methodological guidelines, and examples of practical application. Why has social science failed in attempts to emulate natural science and produce normal theory? Bent Flyvbjerg argues that the strength of social science is in its rich, reflexive

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Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to social science, including theoretical argument, methodological guidelines, and examples of practical application. Why has social science failed in attempts to emulate natural science and produce normal theory? Bent Flyvbjerg argues that the strength of social science is in its rich, reflexive analysis of values and power, essential to the social and economic development of any society. Richly informed, powerfully argued, and clearly written, this book provides essential reading for all those in the social and behavioral sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521775687
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
390,015
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

1. The science wars: a way out; Part I. Why Social Science has Failed as Science: 2. Rationality, body, and intuition in human learning; 3. Is theory possible in social science?; 4. Context counts; Part II. How Social Science Can Matter Again: 5. Values in social and political inquiry; 6. The power of example; 7. The significance of conflict and power to social science; 8. Empowering Aristotle; 9. Methodological guidelines for a reformed social science; 10. Examples and illustrations: narratives of value and power; 11. Social science that matters; Notes; Index.

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