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Concluding

David Byrne

in Applying social science

Published by Policy Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424518
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301486 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424518.003.0011
Concluding

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This chapter draws on the arguments presented in preceding chapters in developing a proposal for the proper forms and role of applied social science in the 21st century with a particular emphasis on the role of knowledge in relation to present interwoven ecological and financial crises. It argues for a responsibility in terms of praxis — in effect reversing the arguments Max Weber made at the beginning of the 21st century for a distinction between the academic and political modes of practice. It examines a number of issues involved in the statement that applied social research is political.

Keywords: applied social science; role of knowledge; praxis; Max Weber; modes of practice

Chapter.  5906 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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