- 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 study of ‘phenomena’ as they present themselves in individuals’ direct awareness. Perception, rather than socio-historic context or even the supposed ‘reality’ of an object, is the focus of investigation.

Longer explanation

Is a rat (1) a long-tailed rodent of the genus Rattus; (2) a plague-carrying rodent responsible for countless deaths; (3) a ...

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