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Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory

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Oxfam Bookshop Manchester The Social Science Wars have precipitated a renewed interest in the character, purpose and methods of social science. Positivists and naturalists are criticized by interpretivists and critical theorists, while quantitative researchers are challenged by those who favour qualitative and ethnographic techniques. In turn, mainstream social scientists have responded with a vigorous defence and restatement of their commitments. Logics of Critical Explanation in Social and Political Theory proposes a novel approach to practising social and political analysis based on the role of logics. The authors articulate a distinctive perspective on social science explanation that avoids the problems of scientism and subjectivism by steering a careful course between lawlike explanations and thick descriptions. Drawing upon hermeneutics, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, and post-analytical philosophy, this new approach offers a particular set of logics - social, political and fantasmatic - with which to construct critical explanations of practices and regimes. Paperback. Good condition: the book is in very good condition (almost as new), but contains numerous pencil underlining and notes in the first 50 pages. See Oxfam website for delivery information

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