Jan 16, 2008
Flyvbjerg seizes upon the case study as social science’s distinctive scholarly contribution, but the case study recast as a learning tool for challenging instrumental rationality and introducing value rationality into discourse. The case study becomes more than simply a contribution to knowledge (if it ever was); it reflects an orientation to the field that is both critical and constructive. A reorientation of the academic’s constructive engagement with society which underscores learning processes at the heart of research action.
Contrasting understandings of individual agency, social structure, power and the material mark a terrain of substantial philosophical divisions with the potential to polarise and radicalise
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