Methods of Discovery: Heuristics for the Social Sciences / Edition 1

Methods of Discovery: Heuristics for the Social Sciences / Edition 1

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0393978141
ISBN-13:
9780393978148
Pub. Date:
02/28/2004
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
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Overview

Methods of Discovery: Heuristics for the Social Sciences / Edition 1

Methods of Discovery is organized around strategies for deepening arguments in order to find the best ways to study social phenomena.
Abbott helps social science students discover what questions to ask. This exciting book is not about habits and the mechanics of doing social science research, but about habits of thinking that enable students to use those mechanics in new ways, by coming up with new ideas and combining them more effectively with old ones.
Abbott organizes his book around general methodological moves, and uses examples from throughout the social sciences to show how these moves can open new lines of thinking. In each chapter, he covers several moves and their reverses (if these exist), discussing particular examples of the move as well as its logical and theoretical structure. Often he goes on to propose applications of the move in a wide variety of empirical settings. The basic aim of Methods of Discovery is to offer readers a new way of thinking about directions for their research and new ways to imagine information relevant to their research problems.Methods of Discovery is part of the Contemporary Societies series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393978148
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/28/2004
Series: Contemporary Societies Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 261
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
To the Readerxi
Chapter 1Explanation3
I.Explanation8
II.Methods13
III.Explanatory Programs26
Chapter 2Basic Debates and Methodological Practices41
I.Basic Debates43
II.Methods and Debates53
III.Cycles of Critique60
IV.From Critique to Heuristic75
Chapter 3Introduction to Heuristics80
I.The Idea of Heuristic80
II.The Routine Heuristics of Normal Science88
III.Topics and Commonplaces92
Chapter 4General Heuristics: Search and Argument110
I.Search Heuristics113
II.Argument Heuristics120
Chapter 5General Heuristics: Description and Narration137
I.Descriptive Heuristics138
II.Narrative Heuristics146
Chapter 6Fractal Heuristics162
I.Positivism and Interpretivism168
II.Analysis and Narration171
III.Behaviorism and Culturalism179
IV.Individualism and Emergentism183
V.Realism and Constructionism187
VI.Contextualism and Noncontextualism192
VII.Choice and Constraint198
VIII.Conflict and Consensus201
IX.Transcendent and Situated Knowledge206
Chapter 7Ideas and Puzzles211
I.Tests of Ideas213
II.Other People221
III.Literature226
IV.Taste231
V.Personality234
VI.Puzzles242
Glossary249
Notes255
References259
Index265

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