Critical Theory and Methodology

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SAGE, 1994 M06 24 - 381 pages
Critical Theory traces its roots from Marxism, through the renowned Frankfurt School, to a wide array of national and cultural traditions. Raymond Morrow's book traces the history and outlines the major tenets of critical theory for an undergraduate audience. He exemplifies the theory through an analysis of two leading social theorists: J[um]urgen Habermas and Anthony Giddens. Unique to this volume is the emphasis on the link between Critical Theory and empirical research and social science methodology, often thought to be incompatible.
 

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Contents

What is Critical Theory?
3
Between Subjectivism and Objectivism
35
Chapter 3 Postempiricist Critiques of Positivism and Empiricism
62
Part II Critical Theory as a Research Pprogram
83
A Historical Introduction
85
Interim Developments
113
Beyond Objectivism and Relativism
141
Giddens and Habermas
169
Quantitative versus Qualitative Methods
199
Reflexive Procedures
226
Chapter 10 Empirical Procedures in Critical Research
248
Chapter 11 Contexts of Critical Empirical Research
273
Theory and Practice
302
References
322
Index
350
About the Authors
381

Part III Critical Theory and Empirical Research
197

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