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Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry: Decoding Facts and Variables
Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry overthrows the techniques for coding evidence that pervade the modern social sciences. Natural scientists produce facts and humanists interpret meanings. But what happens when social scientists who study culture try to forge a hybrid between the two? On the surface, they classify cultural meanings to produce facts or variables. With ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan
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I could only read this in the extracts in Amazon, but apparently it reexamines the evidence used in the seminal article "Becoming a Nazi: A model for narrative networks" by Peter S. Bearman + Katherine Stovel and finds it a complete mess of misrepresentation, and their theory a crock. Then he does the same thing for Wendy Griswold's "The Fabrication of Meaning: Literary Interpretation in GB, US,West Indies (1987). Biernicki suggests that humanist interpretation, done concscientiously, is far ...more