Postmodernism and Social Research

Postmodernism and Social Research

by Mats Alvesson
     
 

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What is postmodernism? How can it be used to develop social research? How can we do social research in more creative ways?

This book integrates philosophical and theoretical ideas with fieldwork and supports the development of research methods with a sharper interpretative and self-critical edge. It provides an overview of postmodern themes, evaluates the

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What is postmodernism? How can it be used to develop social research? How can we do social research in more creative ways?

This book integrates philosophical and theoretical ideas with fieldwork and supports the development of research methods with a sharper interpretative and self-critical edge. It provides an overview of postmodern themes, evaluates the possibilities and dangers of postmodernist thinking and develops ideas on how a selective, skeptical incorporation of postmodernism can make social research more conscious about problems and pitfalls, and more creative in working with empirical material (so called 'data'). A reflexive orientation runs throughout the book, which addresses themes such as how to understand the individual in research, how to deal with the knowledge/power connection, how to relate to language and how to unpack rather than take for granted socially dominant categories in research work. One chapter addresses the research interview in the light of postmodernist concerns about the naivete of assuming that the interviewee is simply an informant, a truth-teller authentically expressing his or her experiences and meaning. Other chapters address issues of voice, interpretation, writing and reflexivity. The book includes a range of empirical illustrations of how postmodernist ideas can inspire social research, and in all it represents an essential text for students and researchers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335206315
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
08/01/2002
Series:
Understanding Social Research Ser.
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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