Get real! A defence of realism

Hammersley, Martyn (1998). Get real! A defence of realism. In: Hodkinson, Phil ed. The Nature of Educational Research: Realism, Relativism, or Post-Modernism? Manchester: Manchester Metropolitan University.


One thing that realists, relativists and postmodernists can probably all agree on is that human beings are storytellers. In recent times, the word "story" has become a popular way of talking about all types of accounts, factual as well as fictional. And what is at issue in the debate between realism, on the one hand, and relativism and postmodernism, on the other, is the status of the stories told by researchers. The central questions are: Can they be true or false? And, if so, what does it mean to say that they are true or false?

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