The Limits of Social Science: Causal Explanation and Value Relevance

The Limits of Social Science: Causal Explanation and Value Relevance

by Martyn Hammersley


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ISBN-13: 9781446287507
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 08/25/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Martyn Hammersley is Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University, UK. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books, including (with Paul Atkinson) Ethnography: Principles in Practice (Third edition, Routledge 2007), The Dilemma of Qualitative Method (Routledge, 1989), The Politics of Social Research (SAGE, 1995), Reading Ethnographic Research (Second edition, Longman 1997), Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 2000), Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice, (London, Paul Chapman/SAGE, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (SAGE, 2008), Methodology Who Needs It? (SAGE, 2011), The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice (SAGE, 2013), and The Limits of Social Science (SAGE, 2014). Website:

Table of Contents

Causation and qualitative inquiry
The problem of explanation in social science: A Weberian solution?
On the role of values in social research
From facts to value judgments? A critique of critical realism
Can social science tell us whether a society is meritocratic? A Weberian critique
We didn’t predict a riot! On the public contribution of social science

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