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Macmillan Higher Education

Ways of Knowing (2nd Edition)

Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research

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Paperback - 9780230360693

17 July 2012

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This lively and accessible textbook on methodology in social and political science focuses centrally on the debate between positivist and constructivist approaches. Introducing a range of key topics and issues  which show...

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This lively and accessible textbook on methodology in social and political science focuses centrally on the debate between positivist and constructivist approaches. Introducing a range of key topics and issues  which show how methodological pluralism can be combined with intellectual rigour, it guides students through how they can exploit the manifold ways of knowing as they begin to embark on their own research.

The textbook is ideal for undergraduate and master degree students who are taking  icourses on philosophy of social science, social and political analysis and research methods.

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  • Introduces the history, logic and practice of the key philosophical traditions that stand behind social and political research, positivism and constructivism, spelling out how they inform different ways of knowing
  • Integrates a range of key topics and issues - from the nature of knowledge to the strengths and weaknesses of the main research methods - showing how methodological pluralism can be combined with intellectual rigour
  • Summarize complex ideas in a clear and accessible way


  • Expanded discussion of the similarities between positivist and constructivist approaches
  • Additional contemporary examples which illustrate the utility of methodological pluralism
Introduction 
Philosophy of Naturalist Science 
The Experimental Method 
The Statistical Method 
The Comparative Method 
History, Interviews and Case Studies 
Sowing Doubts about the Naturalist Methodology 
A Constructivist Philosophy of Science 
From Story-Telling to Telling Histories 
Comparing Contexts 
Contextualizing Statistics 
Interpretive Experiments 
Conclusion.
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Jonathon W. Moses Professor of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.


Torbjørn L. Knutsen Professor of International Relations, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Adjunct Professor, The Norwegian Air Force Academy, Trondheim, Norway.

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Jonathon W. Moses Professor of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.


Torbjørn L. Knutsen Professor of International Relations, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Adjunct Professor, The Norwegian Air Force Academy, Trondheim, Norway.

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