Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research (Classical and Contemporary Social Theory)

Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research (Classical and Contemporary Social Theory)

By: Professor Michael Hviid Jacobsen (author), Anders Petersen (author), Michael S. Drake (author), Kieran Keohane (editor), Dr. Stjepan Mestrovic (series_editor)Hardback

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Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences develops, expands and challenges conventional social scientific methodology and language by way of literary, poetic and other alternative sources of inspiration, as sociologists, social workers, anthropologists, criminologists and psychologists all rethink, provoke and reignite social scientific methodology. Challenging the mainstream orthodoxy of social scientific methodology, which closely guards the boundaries between the social sciences and the arts and humanities, this volume reveals that authors and artists are often engaged in projects parallel to those of the social sciences and vice versa, thus demonstrating that artistic and cultural production does not necessarily constitute a specialist field, but is in fact integral to social reality. As such, it will be of interest to scholars and students in the social sciences and across the arts and humanities working on the philosophy of social science, methodology, social theory, creativity, poetics, pedagogy and other related topics.

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Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and co-editor of The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman, Encountering the Everyday, The Transformation of Modernity, and Utopia: Social Theory and the Future. Michael S. Drake is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hull, UK and author of Political Sociology for a Globalizing World, and Problematics of Military Power. Kieran Keohane is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland. He is co-author of Organization in Play, and co-editor of Irish Environmental Politics after the Communicative Turn, and The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization. Anders Petersen is Associate Professor of Sociology and Head of School at Aalborg University, Denmark and Chairman of The Danish Sociological Association. He is co-editor of The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization.


Contents: Introduction: Imaginative methodologies: creativity, poetics and challenges to conventional social science, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Michael S. Drake, Kieran Keohane and Anders Petersen. Part I Reading: Chicago vice and virtue: the poetic imagination meets the sociological imagination, Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Rasmus Antoft and Anja Jorgensen; Bacon, Kundera, Bauman, Keith Tester; Jose Saramago's sociology, Michael S. Drake. Part II Writing: Reading and writing the experimental text, Norman K. Denzin; On writing: on writing sociology, Zygmunt Bauman; Alice in Computerland, Laurel Richardson. Part III Exploring: Getting in touch with the world: meaning and presence in social science, Svend Brinkmann; Theatricalized reality and novels of truth: respecting tradition and promoting imagination in social research, Arpad Szakolczai; Creative methods: oracles, poiesis and epiphanies as metaphors of theorizing, Kieran Keohane. Part IV Teaching: Creativity in the classroom: the poetics of pedagogy and therapeutic shock in teaching sociology, Anders Petersen, Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Rasmus Antoft; Inspiring 'the methodological imagination': using art and literature in social science methods teaching, Julie Seymour; Imagining the outsiders: exploring literary representations of 'the other' as pedagogic practice, Louise Sturgeon-Adams; The uses of literary and cinematic characters in teaching sociology, Lisbeth B. Knudsen. Index.

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  • publication date: 18/04/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472409928
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781472409928
  • weight: 662
  • ISBN10: 1472409922

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