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Overview

In its second edition, Method in Social Science was widely praised for its penetrating analysis of central questions in social science discourse. This revised edition contains a new preface with suggestions for further readings and a bibliography. The book is intended for students and researchers familiar with social science but having little or no previous experiences of philosophical and methodological discussion, and for those who are interested in realism and method.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415581592
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/30/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Sayer is a Professor in the department of Sociology at the University of Lancaster. His research interests include social theory and political economy, and the philosophy of social research. Recent publications include The New Social Economy: Reworking the Division of Labor (Blackwell, 1992), Realism and Social Science (Sage, 2000), and The Moral Significance of Class (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

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Table of Contents

1 Knowledge in context 12

2 Theory, observation and practical adequacy 45

3 Theory and method I : abstraction, structure and cause 85

4 Theory and method II : types of system and their implications 118

5 Some influential misadventures in the philosophy of science 153

6 Quantitative methods in social science 175

7 Verification and falsification 204

8 Popper's 'falsificationism' 226

9 Problems of explanation and the aims of social science 232

App Notes on realism, writing and the future of method in social science 258

Notes and references 267

Bibliography 299

Index 310

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