Category Archives: social reality

The ingredients of realist research for a disputatious community of truth seekers.

Realist researchers are, to use Ray Pawson’s term, a disputatious community of truth seekers. For me, this means that we agree (most of the time) on some or all of the underlying methodological principles, or ingredients, of realist research, but … Continue reading

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Step 6: Theories about social objects refer to actual features of the real world

Joseph Maxwell (2012: 13) contends that: ‘our concepts refer to real phenomena, rather than being abstractions from sense data or purely our own constructions [… and more than this (on pg. 18), for realist researchers …] concepts, meanings and intentions … Continue reading

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Step 2: Social reality is not simply captured by description or ideas, but is richer and deeper

‘Social reality is not simply captured by description or ideas, but is richer and deeper’ (Malcolm Williams in Letherby et al., 2013: 105). Reality is stratified and our theories about the social objects we investigate refer to actual features and … Continue reading

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