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After Method: Mess in Social Science Research

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'Research Methods': a compulsory course, loved by some but hated by many! This stimulating book is about what went wrong with 'research methods'. Its controversial argument is radical, and at times, even revolutionary. John Law argues that methods don't just describe social realities but are also involved in creating them. The implications of this argument are highly signi ...more
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Published August 12th 2004 by Routledge (first published August 1st 2004)
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Michael Palkowski
Mar 19, 2016 Michael Palkowski rated it liked it

Law introduces the concept of methodological assemblage, by making two clear and undeniable propositions. He states that methodological tools help to enact/create the realities that they depict. A simple point that admittedly is drummed home in case study after case study in this text. Despite this irksome repetition, it is a point worth making and one that is largely minimised by researchers, who still maintain an objective/subjective dichotomy when it comes to data. Methodological tools are no
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Sep 18, 2012 Thorben Simonsen rated it liked it
It was thought provoking and it pointed at some very important issues related to discussions on methedology. The first chapter also functions as a good introduction into the broader field of STS literature.
Ben
Jun 27, 2007 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Smart introduction to STS (Science and Technology Studies). What is a fact? etc. A good pep talk for anyone in a field where method handbooks seem a little strained.

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Mar 23, 2011 Kathy rated it liked it
Good thought-provoking read, but (IMHO) could be about half as long. I read the first and last chapters and skimmed the middle ones.
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