Cultures of Inquiry: From Epistemology to Discourse in Sociohistorical Research / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Cambridge University Press
Cultures of Inquiry provides a unique overview of research methodologies in social science, historical and cultural studies. John R. Hall describes eight interconnected methodologies that transcend present-day disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries. In this way, he is able to move beyond the objectivism/relativism debate in the philosophy and sociology of knowledge by showing how alternative research practices are formed. His book connects concrete methodological issues of research to contemporary philosophical and postmodern debates about knowledge.
Table of Contents
Prologue; 1. Introduction; Part I. Formative Discourses: 2. Value discourse and the object of inquiry; 3. Narrative cultures and inquiry; 4. The conceptual possibilities of social theoretical discourse; 5. The core of explanation and interpretation as formative discourse; Part II. Practices of Inquiry: 6. Discursive hybrids of practice: an introductory schema; 7. Generalizing practices of inquiry; 8. Particularizing practices of inquiry; 9. The prospects of inquiry.