The myth of modernist method

Outhwaite, William (1999) The myth of modernist method. European Journal of Social Theory, 2 (1). pp. 5-25. ISSN 13684310

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Abstract

Postmodernist thinkers have often claimed that there is something like a `modernist' model of theory and metatheory in the social sciences which is objectivistic, dogmatic, and generally over-ambitious, aiming to dominate the theoretical landscape like a modernist skyscraper. This paper suggests that there is little to support such a view, and that most sociologists and social anthropologists, and many other social scientists, have been much more cautious and tentative in their claims than postmodernists have claimed. The alleged distinctiveness of postmodern social science is therefore itself open to question. The paper includes a discussion of reflection and reflexivity in realist philosophy of science and in the social theory of Habermas and Bourdieu.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Sociology
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Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:51
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2012 15:28
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22556
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