The Politics Of Social Science Research

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This book addresses some of the key questions facing contemporary social scientists. It does so by focusing on international research on identity and social inequality grounded in "race" and ethnic difference. The contributors to the volume, who are drawn from Europe, North America, South Africa, and Australia, reflect on questions from the position of "insiders", in the sense that they are active participants in the research cultures about which they are writing. They ask searching questions about the politics ...

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Overview

This book addresses some of the key questions facing contemporary social scientists. It does so by focusing on international research on identity and social inequality grounded in "race" and ethnic difference. The contributors to the volume, who are drawn from Europe, North America, South Africa, and Australia, reflect on questions from the position of "insiders", in the sense that they are active participants in the research cultures about which they are writing. They ask searching questions about the politics of research finding, the empowerment of minorities and the prospects for meaningful social change. In doing so we gain a fascinating insight into, for example, the position of social scientists in war-torn Serbia, in post-apartheid in South Africa, and in the contemporary US.

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Peter Ratcliffe is Reader in Sociology at the University of Warwick.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Towards a Sociology of the Sociology of "Race", Ethnicity and Nation
• Sociology, the State and Social Change: Theoretical Considerations—Peter Ratcliffe
• The Color Line and Sociology—Dipannita Basu
Part II: Non-European Societies: Histories Rooted in Slavery, Apartheid and Genocide
• Whatever Tomorrow Brings: African American Families and Government Policy—Walter R. Allen
• The Racialisation of Social Scientific Research on South Africa—Rupert Taylor & Mark Orkin
• Independence, Incorporation and Policy Research: An Australian Case Study—Christine Inglis
Part III: Western European Societies: Ex-Colonial Powers
• "Race" and Ethnicity Research in Britain: Key Ethical and Political Considerations—Peter Ratcliffe
• A Dutch Treat? Ethnic Minorities Researchers, Their Rejection of Marxism and Their Political Nexus—Jan Rath
• Is There a Belgian School of Ethnic and Migration Studies?—Marco Mariniello & Hassan Bousetta
Part IV: Eastern Europe: Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies
• Social Change and Sociological Research on the "Nation" Issue in Yugoslavia—Milena Davidovic
• The State and Social Science Research in Russia—Vicki L. Hesli & Brian L. Kessel

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