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Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails and How it Can Succeed Again Paperback – 15 Jan 2001

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ISBN-13: 978-0521775687 ISBN-10: 052177568X Edition: 1st

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'This is social science that matters.' Pierre Bourdieu

'This is a book I have been waiting for for a long time. It opens up entirely new perspectives for social science by showing us that abandoning the aspiration to be like natural science is the beginning of wisdom about what we can and ought to be doing instead. It is a landmark book that deserves the widest possible reading and discussion.' Robert Bellah, Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley

'This brilliant contextualization of social inquiry, hinging on both Aristotle and Foucault, gives new meaning to the concept of praxis. It will be of interest to everyone concerned with making democracy work.' Ed Soja, School of Public Policy, University of California, Los Angeles

'… suggestive and well written'. Science

'As a practical guide to newcomers to the social sciences, or as a corrective to those who think that more and better 'objective' research will automatically turn social science into a clone of natural science, Bent Flyvbjerg's book is useful.' Harry Collins, The Times Higher Education Supplement

'Flyvbjerg's book re-thinks social science in a fasinating way; a way that demands a debate on how social science endeavours are supported, understood and used by society.' Environmental Politics

'Flyvbjerg's work on phronesis is valuable …'. International Planning Studies

'… this timely and challenging book'. European Journal of Communication

'Flyvbjerg's book is important and I would recommend it to all researchers of urban affairs. Making Social Science Matter is an important milestone in the discussion of how social science research might be undertaken and 'matter'. Flyvbjerg's discussion opens out for debate many of the key issues regarding research with social implications. This book is likely to remain a key reference for some time.' Urban Studies

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Making Social Science Matter presents an exciting new approach to social and behavioral science, including theoretical argument, methodological guidelines, and practical examples. Bent Flyvbjerg shows why social science fails to emulate natural science. He then identifies the strength of social science in its rich, reflexive analysis of values and power.

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