Methodological Misconceptions in the Social Sciences

Rethinking Social Thought and Social Processes

Authors: Fusari, Angelo

  • Offers a thorough and detailed critique of scientific methodology in the social sciences
  • Lines out a consistent methodological approach for the social sciences
  • Extends social analysis to the field of ethical structures ​
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About this book

This book offers a systematic view of social analysis that will advance the communication of results between different academic disciplines. It overcomes misunderstandings that are due to the use of an unstructured variety of methodological traditions in the analysis of complex socioeconomic and political processes. The book focuses on the special features of human society: humans as subjects, non-repetitiveness and irreversibility of social actions and the peculiar relations between necessity and possibility in human action. It defines methodological criteria, procedures and rules that enable researchers to select and classify realistic hypotheses to derive general principles and basic organizational features. It then applies these criteria in critical reviews of major theories and interpretations of society and history, offering clarifications and alternative proposals with regard to crucial aspects of anthropological, political, juridical, sociological and religious thought.

About the authors

Expertise: The method of social sciences; social development and historical processes, sociology, politics, law, ethics and religious thought; in the past, my interest mainly concerned economics, statistics, modelling and econometric estimations.

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Preliminary Considerations on the Method of Social Thought

    Fusari, Angelo

    Pages 3-35

  • The Core of the Methodological Question: Procedure, Rules, Classifications

    Fusari, Angelo

    Pages 37-69

  • Heterogeneity of Methods in Social Thought: Weakness or Strength – Is There a Synthesis?

    Fusari, Angelo

    Pages 71-111

  • Social Development and Historical Processes

    Fusari, Angelo

    Pages 113-140

  • On the Dynamics of Societies: Is There a Universal Theory?

    Fusari, Angelo

    Pages 141-166

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eBook $99.00
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Hardcover $129.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8674-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $129.00
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  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0134-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Methodological Misconceptions in the Social Sciences
Book Subtitle
Rethinking Social Thought and Social Processes
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-017-8675-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-017-8675-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-017-8674-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0134-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXVII, 309
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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