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After Method : Mess in Social Science Research - John Law

After Method

Mess in Social Science Research

By: John Law

Paperback Published: 12th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415341752
Number Of Pages: 200

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'Research Methods': a compulsory course, loved by some but hated by many! This stimulating book is about what went wrong with 'research methods'. Its controversial argument is radical, and at times, even revolutionary. John Law argues that methods don't just describe social realities but are also involved in creating them. The implications of this argument are highly significant, as if this is the case, methods are always political, and it raises the question of what kinds of social realities we want to create. Most current methods look for clarity and precision. It is usually said that only poor research produces messy findings, and the idea that things in the world might be fluid, elusive, or multiple is unthinkable. Law's startling argument is that this is wrong and it is time for a new approach. Many realities, he says, are vague and ephemeral. If methods want to know and to help to shape the world, then they need to reinvent themselves and their politics to deal with mess. That is thechallenge. Nothing less will do. This book is essential reading for students, postgraduates and researchers with an interest methodology.

Scientific Practices
Multiple Worlds
Fluid Results
Elusive Objects
Non-Conventional Forms
Ontological Politics
Answers and Questions Glossary
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ISBN: 9780415341752
ISBN-10: 0415341752
Series: International Library of Sociology (Paperback)
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 12th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.7  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.33
Edition Number: 1