Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again
Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to the social and behavioral sciences 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 sciences lies 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 opens up a new future for the social sciences. Its empowering message will make it required reading for students and academics across the social and behavioral 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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