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The politics of social research

Hammersley, Martyn (1995). The politics of social research. London: Sage.

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Abstract

Is social research political? Should it be political? What are the implications of the politicization of social research?


Recent years have seen a growing range of challenges to the idea that research should be governed by the principle of value neutrality. Critical, feminist, antiracist and postmodernist analyses have argued that social research is intrinsically political. In this stimulating and often controversial book, Martyn Hammersley weighs the arguments offered in support of these positions. He considers the fundamental issues that the debate raises about the nature of social research, its political dimensions and its contemporary relevance. At the same time he provides a robust defence of value neutrality as a constitutive principle of social research, and makes a reassessment of the role of research in modern societies.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 1995 Sage
ISBN: 0-8039-7719-0, 978-0-8039-7719-8
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: 20351
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2010 16:59
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20351
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