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Taking sides in social research: Essays on partisanship and bias

Hammersley, Martyn (2000). Taking sides in social research: Essays on partisanship and bias. London: Routledge.

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Abstract

In the past it was generally taken for granted that the goal of social research was the production of objective knowledge; and that this required a commitment to value neutrality. In more recent times, however, both these ideals have come to be challenged, and it is often argued that all research is inevitably political in its assumptions and effects.
In this major contribution to the debate, Martyn Hammersley assesses the arguments from the classic and still influential contributions of C. Wright Mills, Howard Becker and Alvin Gouldner to the present day. He concludes that the case for partisanship is not convincing, and that an intelligent and sceptical commitment to the principles of objectivity and value neutrality must remain an essential feature of research.

Item Type: Authored Book
Copyright Holders: 2000 Routledge
ISBN: 0-203-97946-X, 978-0-203-97946-4
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: 20353
Depositing User: Users 9543 not found.
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2010 11:36
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2010 20:49
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20353
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