Published in PAQ, Vol. 26 No. 1
Making Social Science Matter: Why Social Inquiry Fails
and How it Can Succeed Again. Bent Flyvbjerg: Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 205 Pages.
This book is a thoughtful antidote to the simple views that see social
science as a science like any other—positivistic science. It begins with
a well-grounded empirical case of the development and application of
expert knowledge, then moves through consideration of context and
values, the centrality of power, and a reconsideration of the Greek roots
of modern knowledge. It concludes with some salient observations
based on the author’s own feedback and research practice.
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