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Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research By Priscilla Alderson (UCL)

Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research by Priscilla Alderson (University College London)

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Critical realism helps researchers to extend and clarify their analyses. This original text draws on international examples of health and illness research across the life course, from small studies to large trials, to show how versatile critical realism can be in validating research and connecting it to policy and practice.

Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research Summary

Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research: A Practical Introduction by Priscilla Alderson (University College London)

Critical realism, as a toolkit of practical ideas, helps researchers to extend and clarify their analyses. It resolves problems arising from splits between different research approaches, builds on the strengths of different methods and overcomes their individual limitations. This original text draws on international examples of health and illness research across the life course, from small studies to large trials, to show how versatile critical realism can be in validating research and connecting it to policy and practice. To meet growing demand from students and researchers, this book is based on the course at UCL, first taught by Roy Bhaskar, the founder of critical realism.

About Priscilla Alderson (University College London)

Priscilla Alderson is Professor Emerita of Childhood Studies in the Social Research Institute, UCL.

Table of Contents

Introduction Rethinking theories: the basis of practical research and problems with paradigms Basic critical realist concepts Structure and agency: making connections Health and illness research: value-free or value-laden? Four planes of social being: more connections Researching transformative change over time The point is to change it: connecting research to policy and practice

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NGR9781447354567
9781447354567
1447354567
Critical Realism for Health and Illness Research: A Practical Introduction by Priscilla Alderson (University College London)
New
Paperback
Bristol University Press
2021-02-11
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