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Book Book Leiden University catalogue Leiden University catalogue
Title:Readings in methodology: African perspectives
Editors:Ouédraogo, Jean-Bernard
Cardoso, CarlosISNI
City of publisher:Dakar
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:social sciences
social research
African studies
research methods
External link:http://www.codesria.org/spip.php?article1502&lang=fr
Abstract:This volume is an assemblage of texts produced out of methodological workshops for young researchers organized by CODESRIA since 2003. It is intended as an incentive for a critical look back on social science as it is practised in contemporary Africa. Table of contents: Introduction: questions of method / Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo & Carlos Cardoso. Part 1: Social reasons for scientific practice. 1. Pragmatism as a vision of the world and as a method: a philosophical examination of the challenges presented to contemporary social research by subjective idealism / Nkolo Foé; 2. The Alchemist and the apprentice myth-hunter, comments on social engineering in African social sciences / Jean-Bernard Ouédraogo & Pierre Bouda. Part 2: Logics of discovery. 3. An Introduction to the epistemology of the social sciences / Sémou Pathé Guèye; 4. Reasons and causes: Wittgenstein versus the myth of causal explanation in the social sciences / Pierre Bouda; 5. Scientific logics and methodologies / Gbocho Akissi; 6. Construction of the subject as a pratice of clarification of social relationships / Jean Ferdinand Mbah. Part 3: Contextual determinations. 7. Moroccan sociology: epistemological preliminaries / Abderrahman El-Maliki; 8. Autochthones making their realities strange in order to better understand them / Roseline M. Achieng'. Part 4: Tools for investigation. 9. Life history and the writing of ethnography: the case of Morocco / Mokhtar El Harras; 10. Audiovisual instruments in ethnographic research / Clara Carvalho; 11. Establishing an observation, producing a discourse, illustrating results: possibilities for the photographic tool / Anne Attané; 12. Comparison: a founding approach in the social sciences / Cécile Vigour. Part 5: Writing and research. 13. Writing in the social sciences: from field notes to scientific reports / Alexandra Bidet & Erwan Le Méner. [ASC Leiden abstract]