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Toward transformation in social knowledge

Author: Kenneth J Gergen
Publisher: London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Critical resistance to traditional empirical methods and the quest for foundational knowledge of human action is widespread. Recognition of theoretical and methodological inadequacies has sparked a search for a more robust conception of human science.
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Gergen, Kenneth J.
Toward transformation in social knowledge.
London ; Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Sage Publications, 1994
(OCoLC)615906085
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth J Gergen
ISBN: 0803989717 9780803989719 0803989725 9780803989726
OCLC Number: 30668833
Description: xxvii, 260 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: In the Context of a Rooted Tradition. Tradition in Transition. The Developing Dialogue. The Rise of Social Constructionism. References --
1. Traditional Science in a World of Change. Assumptive Bases in the Sociobehavioral Sciences. The Threat of Instability. Decomposing Patterned Behavior. Fundamental Assumptions Revisited: The Hypothesis Test. The Retrenchment of Traditional Science --
2. The Communal Basis of Social Knowledge. A Dilemma Solved and a Crisis Created. Science and the Dilemma of Identification. Descriptive Language: From Neurons to Nurturance. The Revitalization of Theory. The Significance of Empirical Research --
3. Generative Theory and Degenerative Metatheory. The Impact on Theory of Logical Empiricist Metatheory. Methodological Selection and Theoretical Constraint: The Controlled Experiment. Metatheoretical Constraints on Generative Theory. The Development of Generative Theory --
4. The Turning Point in Life-Span Study. From the Stable to the Aleatory in Developmental Trajectory. The Emergence of Autonomous Self-Direction. The Functional Utility of Life-Span Theory --
5. The Historical Context of Transformation. The Pivotal Conflict: Exogenic versus Endogenic World Views. The Struggle toward a New Science. Metatheoretical Bases for a Unified Alternative. Toward a Sociorationalism.
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Considers the shift in social psychology and across the social sciences during the last decade toward a social constructionist perspective. This work rejects the dominance of objective science and  Read more...

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