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The positive and the negative: assessing critical realism and social constructionism as post-positivist approaches to empirical research in the social sciences

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The argument developed in this paper holds that critical realism is stronger than many other forms of post-positivism but that it is itself open to criticism. While critical realists are polemical about positivism they do share with positivism the concern positively to develop knowledge. This stands in contrast to social constructionism which embraces relativism and scepticism in an attempt to delegitimize knowledge claims by exposing them as symptoms of underlying discursive power relations....

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International Migration Institute
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IMI Working Paper Series
Publication date:
2011-01-01
Paper number:
42
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1156358
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2021-02-10

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