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Reconstructing Sociology

The Critical Realist Approach

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Critical realism is a philosophy of science that positions itself against the major alternative philosophies underlying contemporary sociology. This book offers a general critique of sociology, particularly sociology in the United States, from a critical realist perspective. It also acts as an introduction to critical realism for students and scholars of sociology. Written in a lively, accessible style, Douglas V. Porpora argues that sociology currently operates with deficient accounts of truth, culture, structure, agency, and causality that are all better served by a critical realist perspective. This approach argues against the alternative sociological perspectives, in particular the dominant positivism which privileges statistical techniques and experimental design over ethnographic and historical approaches. However, the book also compares critical realism favourably with a range of other approaches, including poststructuralism, pragmatism, interpretivism, practice theory, and relational sociology. Numerous sociological examples are included, and each chapter addresses well-known and current work in sociology.

Product code: 9781107514713

ISBN 9781107514713
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW192xS13
No. Of Pages 249
Publisher Cambridge University Press
The first book-length introduction to critical realism for students and scholars of sociology, this book offers a general critique of sociology, particularly in the United States, from a critical realist perspective. Numerous sociological examples are included, and each chapter addresses well-known and current work in sociology.