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Reflexivity and sociological practice

May, T 2005, 'Reflexivity and sociological practice' , in: The Philosophical Foundations of Social Research: Social Reality and the Social Context of Social Research , Sage Publications, London.

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Abstract

Philosophical considerations and positions underlie all of the natural and social sciences. In the latter case philosophical foundations and their emergent issues have a profound impact on methodology and empirical practice. Design decisions will usually depend on philosophical perspectives or assumptions, such as the very fundamental decision to employ a quantitative design or an interpretive design. The 'philosophy of social research' is thus a subset of the philosophy of social science, but also an important subject area that spans methodology and method. The articles making up this timely collection are the best exemplars of key positions in a very wide disciplinary field. The selection is designed to begin each section with an 'entry level' article to introduce the reader to the topic area and to ground the approach a research problem. Topics covered include science and art in the history of social research, positivism and antipositivism, language and the linguistic turn, realism and anti-realism, theory and theory choice, logic and models, prediction and laws, interpretation, probability and complexity. With the study of the philosophical foundations of methods and methodology gaining increasing priority in university courses, this will be a valuable resource for academics and researchers across the social sciences.

Item Type: Book Section
Editors: Williams, M
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Sustainable Urban and Regional Futures (SURF)
Publisher: Sage Publications
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 9781412903820
Depositing User: Users 47901 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2011 11:14
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 18:03
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/16977

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