The Politics of Social Research

The Politics of Social Research

by Martyn Hammersley
     
 

Is social research political? Should it be political? What are the implications of the politicization of social research?

Recent years have seen a growing range of challenges to the idea that research should be governed by the principle of value neutrality. Critical, feminist, antiracist and postmodernist analyses have argued that social research is intrinsically

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Is social research political? Should it be political? What are the implications of the politicization of social research?

Recent years have seen a growing range of challenges to the idea that research should be governed by the principle of value neutrality. Critical, feminist, antiracist and postmodernist analyses have argued that social research is intrinsically political. In this stimulating and often controversial book, Martyn Hammersley weighs the arguments offered in support of these positions. He considers the fundamental issues that the debate raises about the nature of social research, its political dimensions and its contemporary relevance. At the same time he provides a robust defence of value neutrality as a con

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ISBN-13:
9780803977181
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
04/17/1995
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.63(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
1Paradigm Lost? Positivism and its Afterlife in the Philosophy of Social Research1
2A Critique of 'Critical' Research21
3On Feminist Methodology45
4Research and 'Anti-racism': a Critical Case66
5Writing Wrong: an Assessment of Textual Radicalism85
6Is Social Research Political?100
7Social Research, Policy-making and Practice: Reflections on the Enlightenment Paradigm119
8The Liberal University and its Critics145
References163
Name Index180
Subject Index184

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