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The Foundations of Social Research


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Introduction Positivism The March of Science Constructionism The Making of Meaning Interpretivism For and against Culture Interpretivism The Way of Hermeneutics Critical Inquiry The Marxist Heritage Critical Inquiry Contemporary Critics and Contemporary Critique Feminism Re-Visioning the Man-Made World Postmodernism Crisis of Confidence or Moment of Truth? Conclusion

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Michael Crotty is in the Department of Public Health at The Flinders University of South Australia.


Choosing a research method can be bewildering. How can you be sure which methodology is appropriate, or whether your chosen combination of methods is consistent with the theoretical perspective you want to take? This book links methodology and theory with great clarity and precision, showing students and researchers how to navigate the maze of conflicting terminology.

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