- Are you confused by academic jargon? - Do you know your `discourse' from your `dialectic'? - Can you tell the difference between `anomie' and `alienation'? The Social Science Jargon Buster tackles the most confusing concepts in the social sciences, brea


Core definition

The principals of reasoning by which valid knowledge is obtained.

Longer explanation

Not long ago, social science methodology followed the rules of scientific method. Objects of inquiry might differ – a cultural group instead of, say, a cluster of cells – but research was united by a common belief in the power and truth ...

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