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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Ways of Knowing

Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9780230360686
Publication Date July 2012
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

The revised second edition of this innovative textbook on methodology in social and political science focuses centrally on the debate between positivist and constructivist approaches. Lively and accessible, the book introduces a range of key issues which show how methodological pluralism can be combined with intellectual rigor.

JONATHON W. MOSES Professor of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
TORBJØRN L. KNUTSEN Professor of International Relations, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Adjunct Professor, The Norwegian Air Force Academy, Trondheim, Norway.

Philosophy of Naturalist Science
The Experimental Method
The Statistical Method
The Comparative Method
History, Interviews and Case Studies
Sowing Doubts about the Naturalist Methodology
A Constructivist Philosophy of Science
From Story-Telling to Telling Histories
Comparing Contexts
Contextualizing Statistics
Interpretive Experiments


Better than ever in this revised new edition, Ways of Knowing is a remarkably well-structured and even-handed introduction to practically all that students need to learn about broad methodological issues. The authors survey and assess such a tremendous range of literature so clearly that it will be useful to everyone from undergraduates to those training for PhDs.' - Craig Parsons, University of OregonPraise for previous edition: 'Ways of Knowing is one of a kind. Emphasising methodology and the contrast between naturalist and constructivist ways of knowing, this excellent text addresses fundamental questions in social science methodology in a highly accessible manner.' - Charles Ragin, University of Arizona, USA'This is a wonderful book, combining a clear exposition of the competing methodologies in the historical social sciences with a reasoned plea for methodological pluralism. Students and their teachers will learn a lot from it, as I myself have.' - Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, USA 'A marvelous introduction to methods and methodologies of research. This is the rare introductory textbook that educates students and scholars alike.' - Keith Topper, Northwestern University, USA'An outstanding textbook and a timely and indispensable guide to social and political analysis of the contemporary world' - Henry W. Nau, George Washington University, USA'An elegantly written and highly accessible introduction to a topic that is all-too-often opaque and jargon filled. This is a terrific book that my students will find a godsend.' - Richard W. Mansbach, Iowa State University, USA 'Erudite and often engaging. . . this is a book which will be of value to both students and established researchers.' - Wyn Grant, Political Studies
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