'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
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 significant, as if this is the case, methods
are always political, and it raises the question of what kinds of
social realities we want to create.
Most current methods look for clarity and precision. It is usually
said that only poor research produces messy findings, and the idea
that things in the world might be fluid, elusive, or multiple is
unthinkable. Law's startling argument is that this is wrong and it
is time for a new approach. Many realities, he says, are vague and
ephemeral. If methods want to know and to help to shape the world,
then they need to reinvent themselves and their politics to deal
with mess. That is the challenge. Nothing less will do.
This book is essential reading for students, postgraduates and
researchers with an interest methodology.
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