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Making Realism Work : Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research - Bob Carter

Making Realism Work

Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research

By: Bob Carter (Editor), Caroline New (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 19th August 2004
ISBN: 9780415300612
Number Of Pages: 197

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How relevant is social research? For many concerned with influencing the direction of social policy today, social research seems either too theoretical and remote from the problems of the everyday world, or too concerned with number-crunching and unintelligible 'facts'. The contributors to this volume seek to show how realist social research allows us to make genuine discoveries, of relevance to social policy, which recognise the complexity of the real world. In this innovative book, theorists and researchers from various social science disciplines explore the potential of realist social theory for empirical research. The examples are drawn from a wide range of fields health and medicine, crime, housing, sociolinguistics, development theory and deal with issues such as causality, probability, and reflexivity in social science. Varied and lively contributions relate central methodological issues to detailed accounts of research projects which adopt a realist framework. Making Realism Work provides an accessible discussion of a significant current in contemporary social science and will be of interest to social theorists and social researchers alike.

Introduction: Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research
Methodology and Measurement
Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist perspective
Complex and Contingent Causation: The implications of complex realism for quantitative modelling the case of housing and health
Contingent Realism and Single Case Probabilities
Applying Realism
Class as Variable, Class as Generative Mechanism: The importance of critical realism for the sociology of health inequalities
Researching 'Real' Language
Reflexivity and Realist Research
Methodological Triangulation in Empirical Research: An Indian exemplar
Health Visitors and 'Disadvantaged' Parent-Clients: Designing Realist research
Reflexivity and Social Science: A contradiction in terms?
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ISBN: 9780415300612
ISBN-10: 0415300614
Series: Critical Realism: Interventions (Hardcover)
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 197
Published: 19th August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.03 x 16.1  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1