Redefining Reality: A Solution to the Paradox of Emancipation

McGettigan, Timothy, 2006. “Redefining Reality: A Resolution to Theoretical Paradox in the Field of Sociology." Electronic Journal of Sociology, Tier One

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Timothy McGettigan

Colorado State University - Pueblo; Mahidol University; University of the Pacific (UOP); Polish Academy of Sciences - Graduate School for Social Research (GSSR); Wake Forest University; University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); Washington State University

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

In this article I propose that a “redefined” standard of truth offers a means through which to develop a united theoretical and methodological framework for sociological science. I argue that, although human agency needs to be defined in terms that are antithetical to social structural constraint, agency and social structure must also be compatible and co-productive. As such, I also assert that the micro level of individual behavior is interactively linked to macro structures through the medium of three dimensional power. Finally, redefined truth facilitates a broader and more inclusive definition of sociological subject matter, while also advocating an improved alternative to the conventional notion of “good science.”

Keywords: power, dimensions, truth, redefined, redefining, reality, science wars, paradox, emancipation

JEL Classification: O30, O31, O33, Z00

Suggested Citation

McGettigan, Timothy, Redefining Reality: A Solution to the Paradox of Emancipation (2006). McGettigan, Timothy, 2006. “Redefining Reality: A Resolution to Theoretical Paradox in the Field of Sociology." Electronic Journal of Sociology, Tier One, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2277280

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