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Methodology: Who Needs It?
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Introduction PART ONE: THE ROLE OF THE RESEARCHER: LIMITS, OBLIGATIONS AND VIRTUES Methodology, Who Needs It? On the Social Scientist as Intellectual Should Social Science Be Critical? Objectivity as an Intellectual Virtue Too Good to Be False? The Ethics of Belief PART TWO: THE DIALECTIC OF KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION Models of Research: Discovery, Construction and Understanding Merely Academic? A Dialectic for Research Communities Academic Licence and Its Limits: The Case of Holocaust Denial Epilogue

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Martyn Hammersley is an emeritus professor of educational and social research at The Open University, UK. He has carried out research in the sociology of education and the sociology of the media. However, much of his work has been concerned with the methodological issues surrounding social enquiry. He has written several books including (with Paul Atkinson) Ethnography: Principles in Practice (fourth edition, Routledge, 2019), The Dilemma of Qualitative Method (Routledge, 1989), The Politics of Social Research (SAGE, 1995), Reading Ethnographic Research (second edition, Longman, 1997), Taking Sides in Social Research (Routledge, 2000), Educational Research, Policymaking and Practice, (London, Paul Chapman/SAGE, 2002), Questioning Qualitative Inquiry (SAGE, 2008), Methodology Who Needs It? (SAGE, 2011), The Myth of Research-Based Policy and Practice (SAGE, 2013), The Limits of Social Science (SAGE, 2014), and The Concept of Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). Website: http://martynhammersley.wordpress.com/

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