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Making a mess with method

Law, John (2007). Making a mess with method. In: Outhwaite, William and Turner, Stephen P. eds. The Sage Handbook of Social Science Methodology. London: Sage, pp. 595–606.

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If the world is non-coherent, then methods that seek and describe it as coherent are making a mess of doing so. This argument is developed empirically and philosophically. After showing that the comment sense realism of standard methods works to other non-coherence, the chapter recommends non-coherent or 'messy' methods.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2007 SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 1-4129-0119-7, 978-1-4129-0119-2
Keywords: method; methodology; social research methods; philosophy of social science; arts; science, technology and society
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 21390
Depositing User: John Law
Date Deposited: 26 May 2010 14:20
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 10:37
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