Realism and Social Science

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SAGE, Dec 29, 1999 - Social Science - 224 pages
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Realism and Social Science offers the reader an authoritative and compelling guide to critical realism and its implications for social theory and for the practice of social science. It offers an alternative both to approaches which are overly confident about the possibility of a successful social science and those which are defeatist about any possibility of progress in understanding the social world. Written by one of the leading social theorists in the field, it demonstrates the virtues of critical realism for theory and empirical research in social science, and provides a critical engagement with leading non-realist approaches.

 

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Contents

Introduction
2
A Brief Outline
10
PART II POSTMODERNREALIST ENCOUNTERS
29
Introduction
30
2 Realism for Sceptics
32
3 Postmodernism and the Three Pomo Flips
67
4 Essentialism Social Constructionism and Beyond
81
PART III SOCIAL SCIENCE AND SPACE
105
5 Space and Social Theory
108
6 Geohistorical Explanation and Problems of Narrative
131
FROM CRITIQUE TO NORMATIVE THEORY
155
7 Critical Realism and the Limits to Critical Social Science
158
For a NormativeTurn in Social Theory
172
References
189
Index
201
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Introduction
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About the author (1999)

Andrew Sayer is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University.

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