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Ways of Knowing Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research by Jonathon Moses, Torbjorn L. Knutsen

Ways of Knowing Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research



Ways of Knowing Competing Methodologies in Social and Political Research by Jonathon Moses, Torbjorn L. Knutsen

This lively and accessible textbook on methodology in social and political science focuses centrally on the debate between positivist and constructivist approaches. Introducing a range of key topics and issues which show how methodological pluralism can be combined with intellectual rigour, it guides students through how they can exploit the manifold ways of knowing as they begin to embark on their own research. The textbook is ideal for undergraduate and master degree students who are taking icourses on philosophy of social science, social and political analysis and research methods.


'Better than ever in this revised new edition, Ways of Knowing is a remarkably well-structured and even-handed introduction to practically all that students need to learn about broad methodological issues. The authors survey and assess such a tremendous range of literature so clearly that it will be useful to everyone from undergraduates to those training for PhDs.' - Craig Parsons, University of Oregon, USA 'Ways of Knowing is one of a kind. Emphasising methodology and the contrast between naturalist and constructivist ways of knowing, this excellent text addresses fundamental questions in social science methodology in a highly accessible manner.' - Charles Ragin, University of Arizona, USA 'This is a wonderful book, combining a clear exposition of the competing methodologies in the historical social sciences with a reasoned plea for methodological pluralism. Students and their teachers will learn a lot from it, as I myself have.' - Immanuel Wallerstein, Yale University, USA 'A marvelous introduction to methods and methodologies of research. This is the rare introductory textbook that educates students and scholars alike.' - Keith Topper, Northwestern University, USA 'An outstanding textbook and a timely and indispensable guide to social and political analysis of the contemporary world' - Henry R. Nau, George Washington University, USA 'An elegantly written and highly accessible introduction to a topic that is all-too-often opaque and jargon filled. This is a terrific book that my students will find a godsend.' - Richard W. Mansbach, Iowa State University, USA'

About the Author

Jonathon W. Moses Professor of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.Torbjorn L. Knutsen Professor of International Relations, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and Adjunct Professor, The Norwegian Air Force Academy, Trondheim, Norway.

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Publication date

14th June 2012


Jonathon Moses, Torbjorn L. Knutsen

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Palgrave an imprint of Palgrave Macmillan


368 pages


Social research & statistics
Political science & theory



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