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In this book, Martyn Hammersley argues that many social scientists are ambivalent about methodology becauseof a wider problem: the gradual decline of a previously influential academic model of inquiry. This has occurred as a result of ideological challenges and the erosion of the institutional conditions that support academic work. He defends this model, spelling out the demands it places upon social scientists, and examining such issues as the proper role of methodology, the nature of objectivity, the false idea that social scientists should be intellectuals or social critics, the dialectic of academic discussion, the ethics of belief, and the limits of academic freedom.
PART ONE: THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCHER: LIMITS, OBLIGATIONS AND VIRTUES
Methodology, Who Needs It?
On the Social Scientist as Intellectual
Should Social Science Be Critical?
Objectivity as an Intellectual Virtue
Too Good to Be False? The Ethics of Belief
PART TWO: THE DIALECTIC OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION
Models of Research: Discovery, Construction and Understanding
Merely Academic? A Dialectic for Research Communities
Academic Licence and Its Limits: The Case of Holocaust Denial