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Methodology: Who Needs It?



December 2010 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The literature on social science methods and the issues surrounding them has grown massively and continues to increase. Yet many social scientists are ambivalent about methodology. For some, it plays a central, perhaps even an all-encompassing, role; while, for others, it is desirable only in small amounts, or indeed is regarded as an irrelevance, as a distraction from actually doing research.

In this book, Martyn Hammersley argues that, in large part, this reflects and is part of a wider problem: the gradual decline of a previously influential academic model of inquiry. This has occurred as a result of ideological challenges and the erosion of the institutional conditions that support academic work. He defends this model, spelling out the demands it places upon social scientists, and examining such issues as the proper role of methodology, the nature of objectivity, the false idea that social scientists should be intellectuals or social critics, the dialectic of academic discussion, the ethics of belief, and the limits of academic freedom.

 
Introduction
 
PART ONE: THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCHER: LIMITS, OBLIGATIONS AND VIRTUES
 
Methodology, Who Needs It?
 
On the Social Scientist as Intellectual
 
Should Social Science Be Critical?
 
Objectivity as an Intellectual Virtue
 
Too Good to Be False? The Ethics of Belief
 
PART TWO: THE DIALECTIC OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION
 
Models of Research: Discovery, Construction and Understanding
 
Merely Academic? A Dialectic for Research Communities
 
Academic Licence and Its Limits: The Case of Holocaust Denial
 
Epilogue

It didn't fit my course needs.

Dr Matthew Miles
Political Science, Brigham Young Univ-Idaho
December 13, 2014

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Martyn Hammersley

Martyn Hammersley is Emeritus Professor of Educational and Social Research at The Open University, UK. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books including (with Paul Atkinson) Ethnography: Principles in Practice (Third edition, Routledge, 2007), The Dilemma of Qualitative Method (Routledge, 1989), The Politics of Social Research (SAGE, 1995), Reading Ethnographic Research (Second edition, Longman, 1997), Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 2000),... More About Author

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