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Realist Methodology

Four Volume Set
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April 2010 | 1 544 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Realism is an approach to humanity which recognizes the real existence of social objects as well as physical objects. Thus realism does involve being realistic. But more importantly, it asserts that the things we are studying in social research have some prior existence and would continue to exist even if our knowledge of them was limited. Indeed, sometimes our knowledge is quite wrong, and realists assert that the real world will tend to constrain science so that wrong claims get challenged. In this set, you will find:

  • Volume 1: Practical Realist Ontology which covers the nature of the world, the role of the person, the need for social theory, the nature of language, open systems theorizing, and the avoidance of the fallacies of upward and downward conflation.
  • Volume 2: Realist Methods takes up the triangulation debate in some detail as well as querying the nature of quantitative data and of qualitative data.
  • Volume 3: Knowledge and Meta-knowledge in Realism explores the concept of epistemology and the social basis of human knowledge.
  • Volume 4: Realist Empirical Research runs through lessons to be learned from research that has been conducted under explicit realist assumptions in many disciplines in many different countries.
 
VOLUME 1: PRACTICAL REALIST ONTOLOGY
For Structure: Its reality, properties and powers: a reply to Anthony King Margaret S. Archer
Consequences of Realism for Sociological Theory-Building Thomas Brante
Complexity, Configuration and Cases David Byrne
For Emergence: Refining Archer's account of social structure Dave Elder-Vass
Causal Explanation of Social-Action: The contribution of Weber, Marx and of critical realism to a generative view of causal explanation in social science Mats Ekström
Global Capitalism and Critical Awareness of Language Norman Fairclough
Causal Laws, Functional Relations and Tendencies Steve Fleetwood
Ontology in Organization and Management Studies: A critical realist perspective Steve Fleetwood
For Structure: A critique of ontological individualism Martha Gimenez
Feminism, Realism, and Universalism Tony Lawson
Beyond Empiricism? The promise of realism Derek Layder
Essentialism, Social Constructionism, and Beyond Andrew Sayer
Commitment and Investigation in Knowing the Social World Malcolm Williams and Tim May
Situated Objectivity Malcolm Williams
Can Scientists Be Objective? Malcolm Williams
 
VOLUME 2: REALIST METHODS
Structured Pluralism Sheila Dow
Critical Realism, Empirical Methods and Inference: A critical discussion Paul Downward, John H. Finch and John Ramsay
Retroduction as Mixed-Methods Triangulation in Economic Research: Reorienting Economics into Social Science Paul Downward and Andrew Mearman
Intertextuality in Critical Discourse Analysis Norman Fairclough
Critical Discourse Analysis and the Marketization of Public Discourse: The universities Norman Fairclough
Five Misunderstandings about Case-Study Research Bent Flyvbjerg
Reclaiming Habit for Institutional Economics Geoffrey M. Hodgson
On Positive Readings of Realism and Foucault Jonathan Joseph
Realism, Regularity and Social Explanation Stephen Kemp and John Holmwood
Theory Creation and the Methodological Foundation of Post Keynesian Economics Frederic Lee
Critical Realism: A way forward for evaluation research in nursing? Phil McEvoy and David Richards
Realism, Deconstruction and the Feminist Standpoint Caroline New
Regression Analysis and the Philosophy of Social Sciences: A critical realist view Amit Ron
The Spiritual Turn in Critical Realism Douglas V. Porpora
A Critical Realist Rationale for Using a Combination of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods G. Rolfe
Critical Realism and Realist Research in Human Geography: A method or a philosophy in search of a method? Henry Wai-chung Yeung
 
VOLUME 3: REALIST EMPIRICAL RESEARCH
Sociology for One World: Unity and diversity Margaret S. Archer
The Myth of Cultural Integration Margaret S. Archer
Making Time for Change: On temporal conceptualizations within (critical realist) approaches to the relationship between structure and agency Stephen R. Bates
Language, Structure, and Agency: What can realist social theory offer to sociolinguistics? Bob Carter and Alison Sealey
A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Farmers' Suicides in Andhra Pradesh, India Namrata Chindarkar
A Realistic Theory of Health Sector Management: The case for critical realism Jim Connelly
Critical Realism and Health Promotion: Effective practice needs an effective theory Jim Connelly
Between Constructionism and Neuroscience: The societal co-constitution of embodied subjectivity John Cromby
Longitudinal Case Research: A critical realist perspective Phillip J. Dobson
The Philosophy of Critical Realism: An opportunity for information systems research Phillip J. Dobson
A Method for Investigating Practitioner Use of Theory in Practice Jerry Floersch
Embracing a Human Political Economy: A critique of 'abstraction' within studies of the ACP-EU Cotonou partnership agreement Mark Langan
A Realist Perspective on Contemporary Economic Theory Tony Lawson
Abstraction, Tendencies and Stylised Facts: A realist approach to economic analysis Tony Lawson
Globalization: Beyond the ultra-modernist narrative to a critical realist perspective on geopolitics in the cyber age Christopher Lloyd
Empire Inhuman? The social ontology of global theory Jamie Morgan
Pluralism, Poverty and Sharecropping: Cultivating open-mindedness in development studies Wendy Olsen
Realist Ontology For Futures Studies Heikki Patomäki
Critical Realist Ethnography: The case of racism and professionalism in a medical setting Sam Porter
Turning the Tables: How case-oriented methods challenge variable oriented methods Charles C. Ragin
Toward a Theory of Social Practices: A development in culturalist theorizing Andreas Reckwitz
Realisms through Thick and Thin Andrew Sayer
Critical Realism and Empirical Research Methods in Education David Scott
Objectivity and Emancipation in Learning Disabilities: Holism from the perspective of critical realism Michael M. Warner
Is Anybody There? Critical realism, chronic illness and the disability debate Simon J Williams
 
VOLUME 4: KNOWLEDGE AND META-KNOWLEDGE IN REALISM
The Textual Disembodiment of Knowledge in Research Account Writing Judith Aldridge
Varieties of Discourse: On the Study of organizations through discourse analysis Mats Alvesson and Dan Karreman
Odd Couple: Making sense of the curious concept of knowledge management Mats Alvesson and Dan Karreman
Beyond Neopositivists, Romantics, and Localists: A reflexive approach to interviews in organizational research Mats Alvesson
On the Ontological Status of Ideas Roy Bhaskar
Metatheory, Interdisciplinarity and Disability Research: A critical realist perspective Roy Bhaskar and Berth Danermark
Situated Knowledges: The science question in feminism and the privilege of partial perspective Donna Haraway
Representing Reality: The critical realism project Sandra Harding
Levels of Reality John Heil
A Realist Theory of Empirical Testing: Resolving the theory-ladenness / objectivity debate Shelby Hunt
Once More, With Feeling: Feminist economics and the ontological question Julie Nelson
Realism, Deconstruction and the Feminist Standpoint Caroline New
A Critical Epistemology of Analytical Statistics: Addressing the sceptical realist Wendy Olsen and Jamie Morgan
Realist Social Theorising and the Emergence of State Educational Systems Tone Skinningsrud
Against Epistemological Chasms: The science question in feminism revisited Sylvia Walby

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