Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2017 Archive

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Working with theory in social research

ROADBLOCK OR FREEWAY? HOW THEORIES HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO
THE STUDY OF SOCIETIES

24 October 2017

Why do social researchers need theories? Theories can be useful for a range of reasons: to ground methodologies in broad "ways of knowing" about the world; to jolt habits of thought and present familiar themes in unfamiliar ways; explain or foreground tensions and contradictions in research data; make links between different examples, between different social contexts, and across different historical periods; or simply because "theories" themselves can inspire us to ask new questions and pursue new intellectual avenues. This workshop looks at ways to make theories useful when studying societies and cultures, and also provides examples where theories have been criticised or produced obstacles to new kinds of research. The workshop will also invite participants to reflect on "implicit" theories they may already be using, insofar as theoretical orientations are frequently embedded in methodological choices or the formulation of research questions.

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Working with theory in social research

Where Room 452, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
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24 October 2017


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