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Knowing the Social World By MAY

Knowing the Social World by Tim May

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Summary

Discusses issues surrounding and informing questions such as: what is the 'social', in what ways can we 'know' it, and how can our findings be validated? These issues are discussed, including the relationship of philosophical and research issues to each other, the nature of social reality, and more.

Knowing the Social World Summary

Knowing the Social World by Tim May

* What is the relationship between philosophy, social theory and empirical research?

* In what ways can we claim to 'know' the social world?

* What properties does the social world possess and what are their implications?

This ground-breaking and multi-disciplinary book brings together a distinguished team of leading thinkers to discuss issues surrounding and informing questions such as: what is the 'social', in what ways can we 'know' it, and how can our findings be validated? These issues are discussed in an accessible way, including the relationship of philosophical and research issues to each other, the nature of social reality, properties that may be ascribed to the social, research accounts and rhetorical 'persuasion', and the relations between 'gender and knowing'. The overall concern of the book is to clarify how and in what ways we can claim to know the social world and what implications and consequences this may have for social scientific practice.

For too long philosophers, social theorists and methodologists have talked past each other, often unaware of the mutually beneficial insights that each offers the other. This book is intended to contribute to a more constructive encounter and dialogue in order to advance understanding of the problems and possibilities surrounding the quest to know the social world. With this overall aim in mind, it will be essential reading for advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students in the social sciences, as well as philosophers, social theorists, methodologists and social researchers in general.

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About Tim May

Tim May obtained his PhD from Plymouth in 1990 where he then worked as a lecturer in Sociology and Social Policy, until moving to the University of Durham in 1995. He is a well-established author who is widely published in several fields including social research and social theory. He is editing a new book series entitled Issues in Society for Open University Press and continuing research into reflexivity in social science, as well as management, power and organizational change.Malcolm Williams has been an academic since 1990 and has worked at City University in London and, since 1992, the University of Plymouth. His empirical research has been in rural-urban population change and housing need. He is interested in problems of methodology and the philosophical foundations of research, on which he co-authored a book with Tim May, and the relationship of science to social science, which is the subject of a new book he is currently writing.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Contributors
Introduction
knowing the social world
The social world as knowable
Naturalisms and anti-naturalisms
When the knower is also the known
Social properties and their basis
Social theory and the analysis of society
The reality of social domains
implication for theory and method
Relationism, Cubism, and reality
beyond relativism
Feminists' knowledge and the knowledge of feminisms
epistemology, theory, methodology and method
Quantitative and qualitative research strategies in knowing the social world
Reflections and reflexivity
Bibliography
Index.

Additional information

GOR002081064
9780335197675
0335197671
Knowing the Social World by Tim May
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Open University Press
1998-10-01
208
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