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Author Savransky, Martin,
Title The adventure of relevance : an ethics of social inquiry / Martin Savransky.
Imprint London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.

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Author Savransky, Martin,
Subject Social sciences -- Methodology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Sociology -- Methodology -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Knowledge, Theory of -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Description 1 online resource
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary At a time where the relevance of the social sciences is under threat, this innovative book offers a speculative experimentation on the philosophy and methodology of the social sciences to rethink what 'relevance' is, and to cultivate a new ethos of knowledge-making for an eventful world. Engaging a diverse a range of thinkers including Alfred North Whitehead, Gilles Deleuze and Isabelle Stengers, as well as the American pragmatists John Dewey and William James, Martin Savransky challenges longstanding assumptions in the social sciences and argues that relevance is an event that is part and parcel of the immanent and situated processes by which things come to matter. He develops new conceptual tools for cultivating an empiricist ethos of inquiry that is attuned to the question of how things come to matter- an ethics that turns social inquiry into a veritable adventure. The result is an original and rigorous book that infuses knowledge-practices in the social sciences with new sensibilities, creative possibilities, and novel habits of thinking, knowing, and feeling.
Contents Acknowledgements; Contents; Foreword, by Isabelle Stengers; 1: Introduction: The Care of Knowledge; Stepping Out into the Open; Reconstructing Social Inquiry or, What Is Ethics?; Contemporary Social Sciences and the Ethics of Inquiry; Coming Steps; 2: The Question of Relevance; Introduction: The Demands for Relevance; Matters of Fact, Facts that Matter: Contemporary Social Science and the Adventure of Relevance; Ecologies of Relevance in a Buzzing World; Patterns, Relationality, and Radical Empiricism; Conclusion: Casting Off; 3: The Risks of Invention.
Introduction: In Order to Know, We Must Invent for Ourselves Of God-Tricks and Other Tyrants: The Contemporary Politics of Objectivity; Beyond Still Objectivity? Actor-Network Theory, Subjects and Objects; The Risks of Invention; Conclusion: The Task of Cultivation; 4: Thinking With Encounters; Introduction: What Is an Encounter?; A Preliminary Note: Encounters All the Way Down (and Up); Experimenting with Objects: Emotions, Social Psychology, and Multiple Objectors; Knowing Before the Field: Peasants, Responsibility, and How Beans Matter.
Knowing in the Midst of Words: Social Science, Interpretation, and the Risk of Telling Conclusion: Cultivating Perplexity; 5: Modes of Connection; Introduction: Knowledge and Its Effects; From Performativity to Connections; On the Efficacy of Inventions: Knowledge and Its Milieu; Modes of Connection: Matters of Belief, Partial Efficacies, Circulating Effects; Conclusion: A World of Connections; 6: An Ethics of Adventure; Introduction: The Transformation of the Possible; Between the Ordinary and the Exceptional: A Pragmatics of the Event?
Children of the Event: Towards an Ethics of Inheritance The Lure of the Event and the Ethics of Exposure; Conclusion: Transitional Knowledge; 7: For Speculative Experimentation; Theory's Thousand Tiny Deaths: Social Theory, Experience, and the Ethics of Thought; To Make Thought Creative of the Future: On Speculative Experimentation; Conclusion: It Matters What Tales We Tell Other Tales With; 8: Afterword: Becoming an Apprentice; References; Index.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed August 22, 2016).
ISBN 9781137571465 (electronic bk.)
1137571462 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1057/978-1-137-57146-5
OCLC # 951809560
Additional Format Printed edition: 9781137571458

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