Orthodoxy and reflexivity in international comparative analysis

Ben Valkenburg and Jens Lind

in Active social policies in the EU

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9781861342805
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301400 | DOI:
Orthodoxy and reflexivity in international comparative analysis

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This chapter argues that the increasing emphasis on social scientific research in international comparisons, of which INPART is an example, is taking place against the background of a ‘reflexive turn’ in the social sciences. It provides a brief summary of the orthodox consensus and the reflexive turn. The chapter then discusses and examines the implications the reflexive turn has for social research. It clarifies how INPART dealt with these implications, for example, in terms of the contextuality of knowledge and in terms of the competence of actors. It underlines some of the challenges confronting internationally comparative research in the context of the reflexive turn in social sciences.

Keywords: orthodoxy; reflexivity; international comparative analysis; social sciences; reflexive turn; INPART

Chapter.  8677 words. 

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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