Realist Methodology (Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods)

Realist Methodology (Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods)

By: Wendy Olsen (editor)Hardback

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Realism is an approach to humanity which recognizes the real existence of social objects as well as physical objects. Thus realism does involve being realistic. But more importantly, it asserts that the things we are studying in social research have some prior existence and would continue to exist even if our knowledge of them was limited. Indeed, sometimes our knowledge is quite wrong, and realists assert that the real world will tend to constrain science so that wrong claims get challenged. Volume One: Practical Realist Ontology covers the nature of the world, the role of the person, the need for social theory, the nature of language, open systems theorizing, and the avoidance of the fallacies of upward and downward conflation. Volume Two: Realist Methods takes up the triangulation debate in some detail as well as querying the nature of quantitative data and of qualitative data. Volume Three: Knowledge and Meta-knowledge in Realism explores the concept of epistemology and the social basis of human knowledge. Volume Four: Realist Empirical Research runs through lessons to be learned from research that has been conducted under explicit realist assumptions in many disciplines in many different countries.

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Wendy Olsen is Senior Lecturer at Manchester University, Institute for Development Policy & Management and Cathie Marsh Centre for Census & Survey Research.

Contents

VOLUME 1: PRACTICAL REALIST ONTOLOGY For Structure: Its reality, properties and powers: a reply to Anthony King - Margaret S. Archer Consequences of Realism for Sociological Theory-Building - Thomas Brante Complexity, Configuration and Cases - David Byrne For Emergence: Refining Archer's account of social structure - Dave Elder-Vass Causal Explanation of Social-Action: The contribution of Weber, Marx and of critical realism to a generative view of causal explanation in social science - Mats Ekstrom Global Capitalism and Critical Awareness of Language - Norman Fairclough Causal Laws, Functional Relations and Tendencies - Steve Fleetwood Ontology in Organization and Management Studies: A critical realist perspective - Steve Fleetwood For Structure: A critique of ontological individualism - Martha Gimenez Feminism, Realism, and Universalism - Tony Lawson Beyond Empiricism? The promise of realism - Derek Layder Essentialism, Social Constructionism, and Beyond - Andrew Sayer Commitment and Investigation in Knowing the Social World - Malcolm Williams and Tim May Situated Objectivity - Malcolm Williams Can Scientists Be Objective? - Malcolm Williams VOLUME 2: REALIST METHODS Structured Pluralism - Sheila Dow Critical Realism, Empirical Methods and Inference: A critical discussion - Paul Downward, John H. Finch and John Ramsay Retroduction as Mixed-Methods Triangulation in Economic Research: Reorienting Economics into Social Science - Paul Downward and Andrew Mearman Intertextuality in Critical Discourse Analysis - Norman Fairclough Critical Discourse Analysis and the Marketization of Public Discourse: The universities - Norman Fairclough Five Misunderstandings about Case-Study Research - Bent Flyvbjerg Reclaiming Habit for Institutional Economics - Geoffrey M. Hodgson On Positive Readings of Realism and Foucault - Jonathan Joseph Realism, Regularity and Social Explanation - Stephen Kemp and John Holmwood Theory Creation and the Methodological Foundation of Post Keynesian Economics - Frederic Lee Critical Realism: A way forward for evaluation research in nursing? - Phil McEvoy and David Richards Realism, Deconstruction and the Feminist Standpoint - Caroline New Regression Analysis and the Philosophy of Social Sciences: A critical realist view - Amit Ron The Spiritual Turn in Critical Realism - Douglas V. Porpora A Critical Realist Rationale for Using a Combination of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods - G. Rolfe Critical Realism and Realist Research in Human Geography: A method or a philosophy in search of a method? - Henry Wai-chung Yeung VOLUME 3: REALIST EMPIRICAL RESEARCH Sociology for One World: Unity and diversity - Margaret S. Archer The Myth of Cultural Integration - Margaret S. Archer Making Time for Change: On temporal conceptualizations within (critical realist) approaches to the relationship between structure and agency - Stephen R. Bates Language, Structure, and Agency: What can realist social theory offer to sociolinguistics? - Bob Carter and Alison Sealey A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Farmers' Suicides in Andhra Pradesh, India - Namrata Chindarkar A Realistic Theory of Health Sector Management: The case for critical realism - Jim Connelly Critical Realism and Health Promotion: Effective practice needs an effective theory - Jim Connelly Between Constructionism and Neuroscience: The societal co-constitution of embodied subjectivity - John Cromby Longitudinal Case Research: A critical realist perspective - Phillip J. Dobson The Philosophy of Critical Realism: An opportunity for information systems research - Phillip J. Dobson A Method for Investigating Practitioner Use of Theory in Practice - Jerry Floersch Embracing a Human Political Economy: A critique of 'abstraction' within studies of the ACP-EU Cotonou partnership agreement - Mark Langan A Realist Perspective on Contemporary Economic Theory - Tony Lawson Abstraction, Tendencies and Stylised Facts: A realist approach to economic analysis - Tony Lawson Globalization: Beyond the ultra-modernist narrative to a critical realist perspective on geopolitics in the cyber age - Christopher Lloyd Empire Inhuman? The social ontology of global theory - Jamie Morgan Pluralism, Poverty and Sharecropping: Cultivating open-mindedness in development studies - Wendy Olsen Realist Ontology For Futures Studies - Heikki Patomaki Critical Realist Ethnography: The case of racism and professionalism in a medical setting - Sam Porter Turning the Tables: How case-oriented methods challenge variable oriented methods - Charles C. Ragin Toward a Theory of Social Practices: A development in culturalist theorizing - Andreas Reckwitz Realisms through Thick and Thin - Andrew Sayer Critical Realism and Empirical Research Methods in Education - David Scott Objectivity and Emancipation in Learning Disabilities: Holism from the perspective of critical realism - Michael M. Warner Is Anybody There? Critical realism, chronic illness and the disability debate - Simon J Williams VOLUME 4: KNOWLEDGE AND META-KNOWLEDGE IN REALISM The Textual Disembodiment of Knowledge in Research Account Writing - Judith Aldridge Varieties of Discourse: On the Study of organizations through discourse analysis - Mats Alvesson and Dan Karreman Odd Couple: Making sense of the curious concept of knowledge management - Mats Alvesson and Dan Karreman Beyond Neopositivists, Romantics, and Localists: A reflexive approach to interviews in organizational research - Mats Alvesson On the Ontological Status of Ideas - Roy Bhaskar Metatheory, Interdisciplinarity and Disability Research: A critical realist perspective - Roy Bhaskar and Berth Danermark Situated Knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective - Donna Haraway Representing Reality: The critical realism project - Sandra Harding Levels of Reality - John Heil A Realist Theory of Empirical Testing: Resolving the theory-ladenness / objectivity debate - Shelby Hunt Once More, With Feeling: Feminist economics and the ontological question - Julie Nelson Realism, Deconstruction and the Feminist Standpoint - Caroline New A Critical Epistemology of Analytical Statistics: Addressing the sceptical realist - Wendy Olsen and Jamie Morgan Realist Social Theorising and the Emergence of State Educational Systems - Tone Skinningsrud Against Epistemological Chasms: The science question in feminism revisited - Sylvia Walby

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  • publication date: 24/03/2010
  • ISBN13: 9781412948630
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 1544
  • ID: 9781412948630
  • weight: 2994
  • ISBN10: 1412948630

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