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Ways of Knowing (3rd Edition)

Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research

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The third edition of this popular, innovative and engaging textbook introduces students to the various methods of modern social science, explaining how these have emerged, their strengths and limitations for understanding...

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The third edition of this popular, innovative and engaging textbook introduces students to the various methods of modern social science, explaining how these have emerged, their strengths and limitations for understanding the world in which we live, and how it is possible to combine methodological pluralism with intellectual rigour. Focussing on the debate between positivist and constructivist approaches, this new edition features contemporary research examples, expanded discussion of experimental methods, and a new emphasis on methods that have recently grown in popularity, such as process tracing and controlled randomized trials.

This is the perfect textbook for students studying the philosophy of science in the context of political science or the social sciences more broadly, and it is essential reading for all those seeking to understand how different ways of knowing affect the methods we choose to study social phenomena.

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  • Extensive body of philosophy of science literature comprehensively covered
  • Focuses on key issues such as the nature of knowledge
  • Specifically designed for students of social science

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  • Contemporary research examples
  • A new emphasis on methods that have recently grown in popularity, such as random controlled trials, field experiments, big data and within-case and process tracing studies
1. Introduction
2. The Naturalist Philosophy of Science
3. The Experimental Method
4. The Statistical Method
5. The Comparative Method
6. History, Interviews and Case Studies
7. Sowing Doubts about the Naturalist Methodology
8. A Constructivist Philosophy of Science
9. From Story Telling to Telling Histories
10. Comparing Contexts
11. Contextualizing Statistics
12. Interpretive Experiments
13. Conclusion.
No book does a better job rendering accessible so much of the history and concepts of philosophy of science for the budding social scientist’ – Craig Parsons, University of Oregon, USA
Ways of Knowing is probably the best introductory book on the market on social science philosophy and methodologies. The book has been a regular part of the curriculum for 300 political science and social science students per year for almost 10 years at the University of Copenhagen. This is because both teachers and students are very satisfied with it. – Peter Nedergaard, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
With an elegant set-up, imaginative use of examples from inside and outside of academia, and unrelenting commitment to methodological pluralism, the third edition of Ways of Knowing remains the leading political science textbook on methodology. – Liam Stanley, University of Sheffield, UK
The social sciences are a site of deep and divisive debate about the nature of reality and how it ought to be studied, between positivists and interpretivists, econometricians and qualitative researchers, experimentalists and observationalists. In this lucid and innovative book, Moses and Knutsen help readers make sense of a multiplicity of empirical approaches by explicating the philosophical tenets of, and research strategies that flow from, two broad methodological outlooks: naturalism and constructivism. Surveying the most prominent methods in the social sciences (experimental, statistical, comparative, and narrative-historical) the authors show how both naturalists and constructivists scholars employ each of these frameworks, but on differing logics and toward differing knowledge-producing ends. For students of sociology or political science, this text will serve as an invaluable map of the methodological terrain while making a timely case for building intellectual bridges between traditions. – Alan M. Jacobs, University of British Columbia, Canada
With their third edition of Ways of Knowing, Moses and Knutsen carefully revise and update a must-have for every scholar of social and political research. Strengthening the strengths of their excellent textbook, they provide a comprehensive and insightful discussion of two main strands of social science methodologies and methods: naturalism and constructivism. – Rolf Frankenberger, University of Tübingen, Germany
This is an extremely clear, straightforward and well-exemplified guide to social science. Any student struggling to grasp the idea of a social science should read chapters 2 to 6 of this excellent book, which covers experiments, statistical analysis, comparison, and historical/case study approaches. The third edition further updates and expands the diversity of techniques within each camp. – Adrian Blau, King's College London, UK
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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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