The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others

The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences Positivism and Its Epistemological Others The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences provides a remarkable comparative assessment of the variations of positivism and alternative epistemologies in the contemporary human sciences Often declar

  • Title: The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others
  • Author: George Steinmetz
  • ISBN: 9780822335184
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences: Positivism and Its Epistemological Others

    The Politics of Method in the Human Sciences provides a remarkable comparative assessment of the variations of positivism and alternative epistemologies in the contemporary human sciences Often declared obsolete, positivism is alive and well in a number of the fields in others, its influence is significantly diminished The essays in this collection investigate its mutatThe Politics of Method in the Human Sciences provides a remarkable comparative assessment of the variations of positivism and alternative epistemologies in the contemporary human sciences Often declared obsolete, positivism is alive and well in a number of the fields in others, its influence is significantly diminished The essays in this collection investigate its mutations in form and degree across the social science disciplines Looking at methodological assumptions field by field, individual essays address anthropology, area studies, economics, history, the philosophy of science, political science and political theory, and sociology Essayists trace disciplinary developments through the long twentieth century, focusing on the decades since World War II.Contributors explore and contrast some of the major alternatives to positivist epistemologies, including Marxism, psychoanalysis, poststructuralism, narrative theory, and actor network theory Almost all the essays are written by well known practitioners of the fields discussed Some essayists approach positivism and anti positivism via close readings of texts influential in their respective disciplines Some engage in ethnographies of the present day human sciences others are historical in method All of them critique contemporary social scientific practice Together, they trace a trajectory of thought and method running from the past through the present and pointing toward possible futures.Contributors Andrew Abbott, Daniel Breslau, Michael Burawoy, Andrew Collier , Michael Dutton, Geoff Eley, Anthony Elliott, Stephen Engelmann, Sandra Harding, Emily Hauptmann, Webb Keane, Tony Lawson, Sophia Mihic, Philip Mirowski, Timothy Mitchell, William H Sewell Jr Margaret R Somers, George Steinmetz, Elizabeth Wingrove

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    1. Brian

      I read the intro by the editor, which was kind of long and dense but OK, but the chapter on critical realism by Collier and the conclusion by Burawoy were both shorter and pretty much amazing. A lot of the other chapters look less interesting to me, although at some point I will definitely read the one that criticizes the concept of "social capital".

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