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Cultures of Inquiry

Cultures of Inquiry
From Epistemology to Discourse in Sociohistorical Research

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  • Date Published: June 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521659888

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  • Cultures of Inquiry provides a unique overview of research methodologies in social science, historical and cultural studies. John R. Hall describes eight interconnected methodologies that transcend present-day disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries. In this way, he is able to move beyond the objectivism/relativism debate in the philosophy and sociology of knowledge by showing how alternative research practices are formed. His book connects concrete methodological issues of research to contemporary philosophical and postmodern debates about knowledge.

    • Up-to-date 'cultural' consideration of research methodology across social sciences and history
    • Addresses enduring problem of 'translation' between different types of knowledge
    • Useful for courses on historical and comparative research, philosophy of the social sciences, sociological theory
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...an illuminating and useful review." American Journal of Sociology

    "...valuable exploration of modes of sociohistorical research or inquiry... Halls' presentation is rigorous and thorough." Stephen M. Feldman, Contemporary Sociology

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    • Date Published: June 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521659888
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 11 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prologue
    1. Introduction
    Part I. Formative Discourses:
    2. Value discourse and the object of inquiry
    3. Narrative cultures and inquiry
    4. The conceptual possibilities of social theoretical discourse
    5. The core of explanation and interpretation as formative discourse
    Part II. Practices of Inquiry:
    6. Discursive hybrids of practice: an introductory schema
    7. Generalizing practices of inquiry
    8. Particularizing practices of inquiry
    9. The prospects of inquiry.

  • Author

    John R. Hall, University of California, Davis

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