Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences: Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences

Creativity, Poetics and Rhetoric in Social Research, 1st Edition

By Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Michael S. Drake, Anders Petersen


288 pages

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Imaginative Methodologies in the Social Sciences develops, expands and challenges conventional social scientific methodology and language by way of literary, poetic and other alternative sources of inspiration, as sociologists, social workers, anthropologists, criminologists and psychologists all rethink, provoke and reignite social scientific methodology. Challenging the mainstream orthodoxy of social scientific methodology, which closely guards the boundaries between the social sciences and the arts and humanities, this volume reveals that authors and artists are often engaged in projects parallel to those of the social sciences and vice versa, thus demonstrating that artistic and cultural production does not necessarily constitute a specialist field, but is in fact integral to social reality. As such, it will be of interest to scholars and students in the social sciences and across the arts and humanities working on the philosophy of social science, methodology, social theory, creativity, poetics, pedagogy and other related topics.


’Opening ourselves up to imaginative possibilities is an important corrective to sterile discussions on methodology. This collection of chapters, by leading and emerging authors, takes the reader on an insightful journey which advances our understanding of the contemporary world. For this reason it will appeal to those who, in their teaching and research, wish to explore how artistic and literary creativity enhances the methodological imagination.’ Tim May, University of Salford, UK ’Imaginative Methodologies is a call to embrace creativity, think unconventionally, write poetically, and find inspiration wherever we can as we study social life, grasp the human condition, and communicate sociological knowledge. Eager to expand my repertoire as a teacher, researcher, and writer, I am happy to accept the invitation.’ Todd Schoepflin, Niagara University, USA ’This is a sociological treat. Instead of the false security provided by traditional books on methodology the reader is invited into the many worlds of the sociological imagination. Here doing social science - researching, writing and teaching - is taken seriously as an art form, open to experiments and innovative approaches.’ Orvar Löfgren, Lund University, Sweden

About the Authors

Michael Hviid Jacobsen is Professor of Sociology at Aalborg University, Denmark, and co-editor of The Sociology of Zygmunt Bauman, Encountering the Everyday, The Transformation of Modernity, and Utopia: Social Theory and the Future. Michael S. Drake is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Hull, UK and author of Political Sociology for a Globalizing World, and Problematics of Military Power. Kieran Keohane is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Cork, Ireland. He is co-author of Organization in Play, and co-editor of Irish Environmental Politics after the Communicative Turn, and The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization. Anders Petersen is Associate Professor of Sociology and Head of School at Aalborg University, Denmark and Chairman of The Danish Sociological Association. He is co-editor of The Social Pathologies of Contemporary Civilization.

About the Series

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory

Classical and Contemporary Social Theory
Classical and Contemporary Social Theory publishes rigorous scholarly work that re-discovers the relevance of social theory for contemporary times, demonstrating the enduring importance of theory for modern social issues. The series covers social theory in a broad sense, inviting contributions on both 'classical' and modern theory, thus encompassing sociology, without being confined to a single discipline. As such, work from across the social sciences is welcome, provided that volumes address the social context of particular issues, subjects, or figures and offer new understandings of social reality and the contribution of a theorist or school to our understanding of it. The series considers significant new appraisals of established thinkers or schools, comparative works or contributions that discuss a particular social issue or phenomenon in relation to the work of specific theorists or theoretical approaches. Contributions are welcome that assess broad strands of thought within certain schools or across the work of a number of thinkers, but always with an eye toward contributing to contemporary understandings of social issues and contexts.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General