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Research as emancipatory: the case of Bhaskar's realism

Hammersley, Martyn (2002). Research as emancipatory: the case of Bhaskar's realism. Journal of Critical Realism, 1(1) pp. 33–48.

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Abstract

Bhaskar's critical realism offers a novel defense of the idea that by providing explanatory critiques of social formations, social research can emancipate us not merely from intellectual error but also from institutional oppression. Indeed, he argues that by its very nature social analysis involves such critique. The various strands of his argument are examined in detail. It is concluded that, while other elements of critical realism are persuasive, this one is not; it neglects the complex relationship between scientific conclusions about facts and practical evaluations of institutions, policies, and practices.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2002 The International Association for Critical Realism
ISSN: 1476-7430
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: 512
Depositing User: Users 12 not found.
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2011 12:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/512
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