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Should social science be critical?

Hammersley, Martyn (2005). Should social science be critical? Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 35(2) pp. 175–195.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0048393105275279
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Abstract

The word critical has become an honorific title used by researchers to commend their work, or the particular approach they adopt. Conversely, the work of others is often dismissed on the grounds that it is "uncritical". However, there are important questions about what the term critical means, about what we should be critical of, and about the form that criticism ought to take. These questions are addressed here in relation to both the role of the social researcher itself and that of researchers operating as public intellectuals. It is argued that the distinction between these roles is an important one, and has implications for what can legitimately be criticised, on what grounds, and in what way. In each case, there are proper limits to criticism, albeit different ones. Like anything else, criticism is not always a good thing.

Item Type: Journal Article
ISSN: 0048-3931
Keywords: critical social research; scientific criticism; social criticism; public intellectuals;
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Childhood, Development and Learning
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 17147
Depositing User: Wendy Hunt
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2009 10:56
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/17147
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