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Making Realism Work

Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research

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How relevant is social research? For many concerned with influencing the direction of social policy today, social research seems either too theoretical and remote from the problems of the everyday world, or too concerned with number-crunching and unintelligible 'facts'. The contributors to this volume seek to show how realist social research allows us to make genuine discoveries, of relevance to social policy, which recognise the complexity of the real world. In this innovative book, theorists and researchers from various social science disciplines explore the potential of realist social theory for empirical research. The examples are drawn from a wide range of fields health and medicine, crime, housing, sociolinguistics, development theory and deal with issues such as causality, probability, and reflexivity in social science. Varied and lively contributions relate central methodological issues to detailed accounts of research projects which adopt a realist framework. Making Realism Work provides an accessible discussion of a significant current in contemporary social science and will be of interest to social theorists and social researchers alike.

Author Biography

In this innovative book theorists and researchers from various social science disciplines explore the potential of realist social theory for empirical research
Release date NZ
September 2nd, 2004
Contributors
Edited by Bob Carter Edited by Caroline New
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
11 black & white line drawings
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
224
Dimensions
156x234x15
ISBN-13
9780415347716
Product ID
1683154

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