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Methodology: Who Needs It?
     

Methodology: Who Needs It?

by Martyn Hammersley
 

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849202053
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
01/30/2011
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Martyn Hammersley is Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including: Reading Ethnographic Research (Longman 1991); What's Wrong with Ethnography? (Routledge 1992); The Politics of Social Research (Sage 1995); Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 1999); Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice (Paul Chapman, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (Sage 2008), Methodology, Who Needs It? (Sage, 2011), and What is Qualitative Research? (Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2013)

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