Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences by Isaac Ariail ReedInterpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences by Isaac Ariail Reed

Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human Sciences

byIsaac Ariail Reed

Paperback | September 19, 2011

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For the past fifty years anxiety over naturalism has driven debates in social theory. One side sees social science as another kind of natural science, while the other rejects the possibility of objective and explanatory knowledge. Interpretation and Social Knowledge suggests a different route, offering a way forward for an antinaturalist sociology that overcomes the opposition between interpretation and explanation and uses theory to build concrete, historically specific causal explanations of social phenomena.
Isaac Ariail Reed is assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado at Boulder and coeditor of Culture, Society, and Democracy: The Interpretive Approach and Meaning and Method: The Cultural Approach to Sociology.
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Title:Interpretation and Social Knowledge: On the Use of Theory in the Human SciencesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:September 19, 2011Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226706745

ISBN - 13:9780226706740

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“[Reed] draws widely—and successfully—on a number of classical and contemporary theoretical and empirical sources to develop a cultural sociology that is designed to furnish a new approach to social knowledge across the social sciences… This is an excellent contribution to cultural sociology and social theory.”