- Empirical data is one of the cornerstones of knowledge in the social sciences, and yet the researcher often takes it for granted, reserving his or her imaginative faculties for finding a theory that 'fits the data'. This revealing account of the theory-data relationship calls this faith in data into question and establishes a reflexive framework and vocabulary to explore the creative, political and philosophical elements of data production. --
Rather than thinking about the theory-data 'fit', the authors will encourage you to consider the research process as one of theory-data interplay, asking if creative empirical material can challenge established theory and inspire new lines of development, and if breakdowns and mysteries encountered in research can be a constructive rather than destructive process. --
Essential reading for any researcher looking to develop theory that is interesting and novel. --Book Jacket.
- 9780857023230 (hbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -130) and indexes.
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