The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others

The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others

by George Steinmetz
     
 

Collection of new essays on the past, present, and future of positivism in the various social sciences

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Collection of new essays on the past, present, and future of positivism in the various social sciences

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822335061
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
05/28/2005
Series:
Politics, History, and Culture Series
Pages:
632
Product dimensions:
62.50(w) x 92.50(h) x 1.75(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : positivism and its others in the social sciences1
Pt. 1Positivism and nonpositivism in twentieth-century social science
Estrangement, intimacy, and the objects of anthropology59
The trick of words : Asian studies, translation, and the problems of knowledge89
Economists and the economy in the twentieth century126
How positivism made a pact with the postwar social sciences in the United States142
The political unconscious of social and cultural history, or, confessions of a former quantitative historian173
Defining "theory" in postwar political science207
Beware Trojan horses bearing social capital : how privatization turned Solidarity into a bowling team233
Scientific authority and the transition to post-Fordism : the plausibility of positivism in U.S. sociology since 1945275
Pt. 2Alternatives to positivism in the human sciences
Critical realism327
Negotiating with the positivist legacy : new social justice movements and a standpoint politics of method346
A perspective on modern economics366
The idea of outcome in U.S. sociology393
Psychoanalysis and the theory of the subject427
The real and the imaginary in economic methodology451
Facts, values, and "real" numbers470
On your Marx : from cultural history to the history of society496
Conclusion : provincializing the social sciences508

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