Taking Sides in Social Research: Partisanship and Bias in Social Enquiry / Edition 1

Taking Sides in Social Research: Partisanship and Bias in Social Enquiry / Edition 1

by Martyn Hammersley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415202876

ISBN-13: 9780415202879

Pub. Date: 11/28/1999

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In the past it was generally taken for granted that the goal of social research was the production of objective knowledge; and that this required a commitment to value neutrality. In more recent times, however, both these ideals have come to be challenged, and it is often argued that all research is inevitably political in its assumptions and effects.
In this major

Overview

In the past it was generally taken for granted that the goal of social research was the production of objective knowledge; and that this required a commitment to value neutrality. In more recent times, however, both these ideals have come to be challenged, and it is often argued that all research is inevitably political in its assumptions and effects.
In this major contribution to the debate, Martyn Hammersley assesses the arguments from the classic and still influential contributions of C. Wright Mills, Howard Becker and Alvin Gouldner to the present day. He concludes that the case for partisanship is not convincing, and that an intelligent and sceptical commitment to the principles of objectivity and value neutrality must remain an essential feature of research.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415202879
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsix
Introduction1
1Taking sides in research: an assessment of the rationales for partisanship16
2Between Marx and Weber: C. Wright Mills on the role of the social scientist35
3Which side was Becker on? Questioning political and epistemological radicalism60
4Against Gouldner: on the fallacy of objective partisanship90
5Methodological purism: anatomy of a critique124
6Bias in social research151
Bibliography167
Index185

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