Making Realism Work: Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research by Bob CarterMaking Realism Work: Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research by Bob Carter

Making Realism Work: Realist Social Theory and Empirical Research

EditorBob Carter, Caroline New

Hardcover | January 20, 2006

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In this innovative book, theorists and researchers from various social science disciplines explore the potential of realist social theory for empirical research. The examples are drawn from a wide range of fields health and medicine, crime, housing, sociolinguistics, development theory and deal with issues such as causality, probability, and reflexivity in social science. Varied and lively contributions relate central methodological issues to detailed accounts of research projects which adopt a realist framework.

Making Realism Workprovides an accessible discussion of a significant current in contemporary social science and will be of interest to social theorists and social researchers alike.
In this innovative book theorists and researchers from various social science disciplines explore the potential of realist social theory for empirical research
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Title:Making Realism Work: Realist Social Theory and Empirical ResearchFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.7 inPublished:January 20, 2006Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415300614

ISBN - 13:9780415300612

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Realist Social Theory and Empirical ResearchPart 1: Methodology and MeasurementIntroduction 1. Evidence-Based Policy: A Realist Perspective2. Complex and Contingent Causation: The Implications of Complex Realism for Quantitative Modelling the Case of Housing and Health 3. Contingent Realism and Single Case ProbabilitiesPart 2: Applying RealismIntroduction 4. Class as Variable, Class as Generative Mechanism: The Importance of Critical Realism for the Sociology of Health Inequalities 5 Researching 'Real' LanguagePart 3: Reflexivity and Realist ResearchIntroduction 6 Methodological Triangulation in Empirical Research: An Indian Exemplar 7. Health Visitors and 'Disadvantaged' Parent-Clients: Designing Realist Research 8.Reflexivity and Social Science: A Contradiction in Terms?