Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis

Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis

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Real Social Science presents a new, hands-on approach to social inquiry. The theoretical and methodological ideas behind the book, inspired by Aristotelian phronesis, represent an original perspective within the social sciences, and this volume gives readers for the first time a set of studies exemplifying what applied phronesis looks like in practice. The reflexive analysis of values and power gives new meaning to the impact of research on policy and practice. Real Social Science is a major step forward in a novel and thriving field of research. This book will benefit scholars, researchers and students who want to make a difference in practice, not just in the academy. Its message will make it essential reading for students and academics across the social sciences.

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ISBN-13: 9780521168205
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 433
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Professor Bent Flyvbjerg is Founding Chair of Major Programme Management at Oxford University's Saïd Business School and Director of the Oxford Centre for Major Programme Management. He works for better planning and management of megaprojects and cities, plus he writes about phronetic social science and case study research. Bent Flyvbjerg has served as adviser to the United Nations, the EU Commission and government and companies in many countries.

Professor Todd Landman is Director of the Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution at the University of Essex. He is a political scientist and has carried out numerous projects on the analysis and synthesis of data and complex governmental information as well being the author of several books and articles.

Sanford F. Schram has taught social theory and social policy at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, Bryn Mawr College for the past 14 years. He is an affiliate to the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As well as being author of ten books he sits on the editorial boards of a number of journals, including the Social Service Review.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: new directions in social science Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman and Sanford Schram; 2. Phronetic social science: an idea whose time has come Sanford Schram; 3. Phronesis and narrative analysis Todd Landman; 4. The feel for power games: everyday phronesis and social theory Arthur W. Frank; 5. Phronesis, projects and power research Stewart R. Clegg and Tyrone S. Pitsis; 6. Why mass media matter, and how to work with them: phronesis and megaprojects Bent Flyvbjerg; 7. Power and conflict in collaborative research Corey Shdaimah and Roland Stahl; 8. Unsettling a settler society: film, phronesis and collaborative planning in small-town Canada Leonie Sandercock and Giovanni Attili; 9. Phronesis and critical policy analysis: Heathrow's 'third runway' and the politics of sustainable aviation in the UK Steve Griggs and David Howarth; 10. Amnesty in the age of accountability: Brazil in comparative context Tricia D. Olsen, Leigh A. Payne and Andrew G. Reiter; 11. Feminist phronesis and technologies of citizenship Virginia Eubanks; 12. Making the teaching of social justice matter William Paul Simmons; 13. Spatial phronesis: a case study in geosurveillance Ranu Basu; 14. Important next steps in phronetic social science Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman and Sanford Schram.

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