This observation about realism builds on my previous step. The emphasis on generative composition I leave to William Outhwaite (1998: pg. 284) who in his discussion of realism and social science observes that ‘the more interesting human actions [which I will argue in later steps include choosing cases in qualitative research] are those which presuppose a network of social relations. And if these social relations are a precondition of individual actions, it seems odd to think of them as any less real than those actions’.
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