Political Philosophy and Public Purpose

The Practical Import of Political Inquiry

Authors: Caterino, Brian

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  • Critically rejects the epistemic privilege given to detached, theoretical, external analyses of social relationships
  • Examines the implications of a researcher’s positionality in regard to its subjects
  • Draws connections between the social inquiry of researchers and their own practical understandings
  • Stresses the mutual accountability of researchers and participants.
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This book examines a basic problem in critical approaches to political and social inquiry: in what way is social inquiry animated by a practical intent? This practical intent is not external to inquiry as an add-on or a choice by the inquirer, but is inherent to the process of inquiry. The practical intent in inquiry derives from the connection between social inquiry and the participant’s perspective. The social inquirer, in order to grasp the sense of those who are the subject of inquiry, has to adopt the perspective of the participant in the social world. Caterino opposes the view that research is an autonomous activity distinct from or superior to a participant’s perspective. He argues that since the inquirer is on the same level as the participant, all inquiry should be considered mutual critique in which those who are addressed by inquiry have an equal right and an equal capacity to criticize addressors.

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Brian Caterino is an independent researcher who works in public media. He is the co-editor of Making Political Science Matter (2006) with Sanford Schram and has published in a variety of journals.  His most recent article “Lowering the Basement Floor” appeared in New Political Science.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Practical Import of Political Inquiry
Authors
Series Title
Political Philosophy and Public Purpose
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-32443-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-32443-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-32442-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81286-1
Series ISSN
2524-714X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 117
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