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Making social science matter : why social inquiry fails and how it can succeed again

Author: Bent Flyvbjerg
Publisher: Oxford, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2001.
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"Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to the social and behavioral sciences. Instead of trying to emulate the natural sciences and create a kind of general theory, Bent Flyvbjerg argues that the strength of the social sciences lies in their rich, reflexive analysis of values and power - so essential to the social and economic development of society. Moving beyond the purely analytic or  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bent Flyvbjerg
ISBN: 0521772680 9780521772686 052177568X 9780521775687
OCLC Number: 43615349
Language Note: Translated into English.
Description: x, 204 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1. Why social science has failed as science. Rationality, body, and intuition in human learning --
Is theory possible in social science? --
Context counts --
pt. 2. How social science can matter again. Values in social and political inquiry --
The power of example --
The significance of conflict and power to social science --
Empowering Aristotle --
Methodological guidelines for a reformed social science --
Examples and illustrations: narratives of value and power --
Social science that matters.
Responsibility: Bent Flyvbjerg ; translated by Steven Sampson.
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