Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again
Bent Flyvbjerg, BT Professor and Chair of Major Programme Management Bent Flyvbjerg, Bent (Aalborg University Flyvbjerg, Denmark)
Cambridge University Press, Jan 15, 2001 - Social Science - 204 pages
Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to social science, including theoretical argument, methodological guidelines, and examples of practical application. Why has social science failed in attempts to emulate natural science and produce normal theory? Bent Flyvbjerg argues that the strength of social science is in its rich, reflexive analysis of values and power, essential to the social and economic development of any society. Richly informed, powerfully argued, and clearly written, this book provides essential reading for all those in the social and behavioural sciences.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - thcson - LibraryThing
Pretty interesting outline of the deficiencies of modern social science and some suggestions for remedies. Strangely, the book starts off with a long-winded account of human learning which seems to be ... Read full review
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The author argues that social science (as far as our current understanding goes) is conceptually different than the natural sciences. The social sciences are more idiographic (subjective ... Read full review
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