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Description - Realism and Social Science by Andrew Sayer

A guide to critical realism and an assessment of its virtues in comparison with other leading traditions in social science. Andrew Sayer, a social theorist and a founder of "realism" in the social sciences, criticizes reductionism and determinism in "modernist" social science and rejects the postmodern for its overexaggeration of the permeable character of boundaries in social explanation. He provides a guide to the key features of critical realism and criticizes postmodernism, anti-essentialism and constructionism. Finally, the book provides an assessment of the ethical turn in social theory, and its implications.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761961246
ISBN-10: 0761961240
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 29-Dec-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Andrew Sayer

Andrew Sayer is Professor of Social Theory and Political Economy at Lancaster University.

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