Support oriented social science

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Abstract

This chapter investigates the role of social research in a society developing through ‘improvisation’ and ‘crafting communities’; it examines two concrete cases of knowledge production in cooperation with practice. Knowledge gives direction to the process of crafting and improvising but is simultaneously a product of that very process. A researcher who is engaged in social improvement will be a participant and an observer at the same time. Social science has always played this role in the tradition of action research, a tradition that goes back to the 1940s, when Kurt Lewin was seeking a more productive and supportive form of research. In an improvising society this manifestation of pragmatism becomes radicalized because researchers are no longer unproblematically granted a monopoly on knowledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmerging Governance
Subtitle of host publicationCrafting Communities in an Improvising Society
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherEleven International Publishing
Chapter9
Pages161-189
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9789462747876
ISBN (Print)9789462367968
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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