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Practical Sociology. Post-empiricism and the Reconstruction of Theory and Application

  • ID: 2249218
  • Book
  • November 1995
  • 208 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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What sort of social science should we look for in the wake of the large–scale transformations in theoretical thinking which have happened over the past two decades? How should we deal with the practical implications of the fall of empiricism and the apparent impossibility of discovering foundations for social scientific knowledge? This book offers a new analysis of some basic issues in sociology and social theory.

The emphasis of Bryant's work is upon the connections of theory and practice. As we escape from the unrealistic expectations which many once held for the social sciences we can begin to reconstruct the role which social science can play in influencing politics and public decision–making. The social sciences can, and should, play a major practical role in modern social life. In showing how this can still be so, the author gives many specific illustrations and comments extensively on the fortunes of different versions of sociological practice on both sides of the Atlantic.

This book will be essential reading for students, teachers and researchers with special interests in social theory, sociology and political science.
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1. Introduction: Theory, Metatheory and Discourse.

2. Concept Formation: Contest and Reconstruction.

3. The Constitution of Society: Agency and Structure.

4. Values in Social Science: Decisions, Justifications and Communities.

5. Models of Applied Social Science: Engineering, Enlightenment, Interaction and Dialogue.

6. Conclusion: Impossible and Possible Sociology.



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"A very useful and insightful book."
Political Studies
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