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Pragmatic Inquiry
Critical Concepts for Social Sciences

ISBN 9780367472030
Published October 9, 2020 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

This book examines a range of critical concepts that are central to a shift in the social sciences toward "pragmatic inquiry," reflecting a twenty-first century concern with particular problems and themes rather than grand theory.

Taking a transnational and transdisciplinary approach, the collection demonstrates a shared commitment to using analytical concepts for empirical exploration and a general orientation to research that favors an attention to objects, techniques, and practices. The chapters draw from broad-based and far-reaching social theory in order to analyze new, specific challenges, from grasping the everyday workings of markets, courtrooms, and clinics, to inscribing the transformations of practice within research disciplines themselves. Each contributor takes a key concept and then explores its genealogies and its circulations across scholarly communities, as well as its proven payoffs for the social sciences and, often, critical reflections on its present and future uses.

This carefully crafted volume will significantly expand and improve the analytical repertoires or toolkits available to social scientists, including scholars in sociology or anthropology and those working in science and technology studies, public health, and related fields.

Table of Contents

Introduction  The Editors

Part 1. Institutions

1. Fields  Tim Bartley

2. Ecologies of Institutions  Daniel Cefaï

Part 2. Complex Objects

3. Dispositif  Nicolas Dodier and Janine Barbot

4. Assemblage  Anthony Stavrianakis

5. Market Device  Olav Velthuis

6. Complexity  Talia Dan-Cohen

Part 3. Framing Stances

7. Justification  John Bowen

8. Narrative  James Wertsch and Nutsa Batiashvili

9. Qualification  Giselinde Kuipers and Thomas Franssen

Part 4. Practices

10. Demonstrating  Claude Rosental

11. Caring  Annemarie Mol and Anita Hardon

12. Making Home  Paolo Boccagni and Jan Willem Duyvendak


13. Making Sense of Reality Together: Interdisciplinary "Ways of Seeing"  Michèle Lamont

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John R. Bowen is Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, USA.

Nicolas Dodier is a Sociologist, Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and Researcher at the National Institute for Health and Medical Research, France.

Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Anita Hardon is Professor in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where she also leads the interdisciplinary research priority area Global Health.