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The Limits of Social Science: Causal Explanation and Value Relevance

Hammersley, Martyn (2014). The Limits of Social Science: Causal Explanation and Value Relevance. London: Sage.

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Abstract

What forms of knowledge can social science claim to produce? Does it employ causal analysis, and if so what does this entail? What role should values play in the work of social scientists? These are the questions addressed in this book. They are closely interrelated, and the answers offered here challenge many currently prevailing assumptions. They carry implications both for research practice, quantitative or qualitative, and for the public claims that social scientists make about the value of their work. The arguments underpinning this challenge to conventional wisdom are laid out in detail in the first half of this book. In later chapters their implications are explored for two substantive areas of intrinsic importance: the study of social mobility and educational inequalities, and explaining urban riots, notably those that took place in London and other English cities in the summer of 2011.

Item Type: Book
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Author
ISBN: 1-4462-8750-5, 978-1-4462-8750-7
Keywords: social science; causal analysis; the problem of values
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 48230
Depositing User: Martyn Hammersley
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2017 09:55
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2018 14:20
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/48230
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