Taking Sides in Social Research
Essays on Partisanship and Bias in Social Enquiry
By (author) Martyn Hammersley
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Taking Sides in Social Research by Martyn Hammersley
Book DescriptionIn the past it was generally taken for granted that the goal of social research was the production of objective knowledge; and that this required a commitment to value neutrality. In more recent times, however, both these ideals have come to be challenged, and it is often argued that all research is inevitably political in its assumptions and effects. In this major contribution to the debate, Martyn Hammersley assesses the arguments from the classic and still influential contributions of C. Wright Mills, Howard Becker and Alvin Gouldner to the present day. He concludes that the case for partisanship is not convincing, and that an intelligent and sceptical commitment to the principles of objectivity and value neutrality must remain an essential feature of research.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415202862
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martyn Hammersley
Limits of Social Science, Paperback (July 2014)
This book engages with key intellectual challenges facing social science today, at a time when it is under considerable pressure to demonstrate its value. It addresses questions that carry implications for research practice, quantitative or qualitative, by making use of contemporary examples, such as the London riots.
Understanding Research with Children and Young People, Paperback (November 2013)» View all books by Martyn Hammersley
Useful strategies and guidance for anyone needing to explore the practical and ethical issues around researching with children and young people.
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Author Biography - Martyn Hammersley
Martin Hammersley is Professor in Educational and Social Research at the Open University
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