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Methodology: Who Needs It?

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ISBN-13:
9781473903432
Veröffentl:
2010
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
224
Autor:
Martyn Hammersley
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

In this confrontational text Martyn Hammersley looks at the key issues in current social research methodology, it is a must-read for those interested in the state of this field.
The literature on social science methods and the issues surrounding them has grown massively and continues to increase. Yet many social scientists are ambivalent about methodology. For some, it plays a central, perhaps even an all-encompassing, role; while, for others, it is desirable only in small amounts, or indeed is regarded as an irrelevance, as a distraction from actually doing research.



In this book, Hammersley argues that, in large part, this reflects and is part of a wider problem: the gradual decline of a previously influential academic model of inquiry. This has occurred as a result of ideological challenges and the erosion of the institutional conditions that support academic work. He defends this model, spelling out the demands it places upon social scientists, and examining such issues as the proper role of methodology, the nature of objectivity, the false idea that social scientists should be intellectuals or social critics, the dialectic of academic discussion, the ethics of belief, and the limits of academic freedom. More broadly, he also questions the role of the social research within society and what it means to be a social scientist in the 21st century.



Hammersley′s book is engagingly written and controversial. It tackles the major issues of contemporary social research methodology head on and is an essential read for anyone with an interest in this field.


Introduction

PART ONE: THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCHER: LIMITS, OBLIGATIONS AND VIRTUES

Methodology, Who Needs It?

On the Social Scientist as Intellectual

Should Social Science Be Critical?

Objectivity as an Intellectual Virtue

Too Good to Be False? The Ethics of Belief

PART TWO: THE DIALECTIC OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION

Models of Research: Discovery, Construction and Understanding

Merely Academic? A Dialectic for Research Communities

Academic Licence and Its Limits: The Case of Holocaust Denial

Epilogue

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