This book will be immensely valuable for students and researchers in social science, sociology and philosophy in that it connects methodology, theory and empirical research. It provides an innovative picture of what society and social science is, along with the methods used to study and explain social phenomena.
'Final year undergraduates, research students and researchers seeking an alternative to positivism or relativism are likely to find Explaining Society useful, as the authors are active researchers themselves and are alive to the kinds of questions their audience are likely to ask … the authors write clearly and do not make the common mistake of purporting to write for students and researchers while actually writing over their heads for fellow philosophers.' - Journal of Critical Realism 1:1 Nov 2002
1. Introduction 2. Science, Reality and Concepts 3. Conceptual Abstraction and Causality 4. Generalization, Scientific Inference and Models for Explanatory Social Science 5. Theory in the Methodology of Social Science 6. Critical Methodological Pluralism 7. Social Science and Practice 8. Conclusion