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After Method : mess in social science research / John Law

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Publication date: 2006 reprint of 20004 original. Condition: Very good. The cover is in very good condition with just a touch of wear at the corner. Internally, there is pages 45 and 55 has been marked by being turned down, and there is a little pencil marking: two lines ahve been underlined in pencil and there are about a dozen pencil lines in margins making passages. Otherwise the book is in very good condition - clean and tight. Content: 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. 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 help to shape the world, then they need to reinvent themselves and their politics to deal with mess. That is the challenge. Nothing less will do.

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Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.5 x 23 cm
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0415341752
ISBN-13:
9780415341752
Number of pages:
188
Publisher:
Routledge

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Publication date: 2006 reprint of 20004 original. Condition: Very good. The cover is in very good condition with just a touch of wear at the corner. Internally, there is pages 45 and 55 has been marked by being turned down, and there is a little pencil marking: two lines ahve been underlined in pencil and there are about a dozen pencil lines in margins making passages. Otherwise the book is in very good condition - clean and tight. Content: 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. 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 help to shape the world, then they need to reinvent themselves and their politics to deal with mess. That is the challenge. Nothing less will do.

Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
15.5 x 23 cm
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0415341752
ISBN-13:
9780415341752
Number of pages:
188
Publisher:
Routledge

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