Applying Social Science: The Role of Social Research in Politics, Policy and Practice - David ByrneBristol: The Policy Press, 2011, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: List of abbreviations;
From the cover: “In contemporary societies, social science has become increasingly linked with governance processes. At the same time there is an increasing recognition that attempts to understand the complex social world using similar approaches to ‘hard sciences’ are mostly useless. This wide-ranging book explores the relationship between social research as a process and the ways in which it is used in contemporary society and how it might be applied in the future. A central argument is that there is no such thing as a ‘pure’ science of the social and that a recognition of the inevitability of application imposes obligations on social scientists wherever they work which challenge the passivity of most in the face of inequality and injustice. It will therefore be of interest to academics and students across a range of social science disciplines as well as to policy makers and practitioners.”