Introduction: New Directions in Social Science

Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman, and Sanford Schram, eds., Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-14, DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511719912.001

12 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013

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Bent Flyvbjerg

University of Oxford - Said Business School

Todd Landman

University of Essex

Sanford F. Schram

Bryn Mawr College - Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

There is ferment in the social sciences. After years of sustained effort to build a science of society modelled on the natural sciences, that project, long treated with suspicion by some, is now openly being rethought. A critical intervention in this period of reflection was Making Social Science Matter (MSSM) by Bent Flyvbjerg, published in 2001. In that book Flyvbjerg challenged the very idea of social science as a science modelled on the natural sciences. Flyvbjerg argued that, as the social sciences study human interactions that involve human consciousness, volition, power and reflexivity, attempts to build generalizable, predictive models such as those for the natural world are misplaced and even futile.

Suggested Citation

Flyvbjerg, Bent and Landman, Todd and Schram, Sanford F., Introduction: New Directions in Social Science (April 1, 2012). Bent Flyvbjerg, Todd Landman, and Sanford Schram, eds., Real Social Science: Applied Phronesis, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-14, DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511719912.001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2278188

Bent Flyvbjerg (Contact Author)

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Todd Landman

University of Essex ( email )

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Sanford F. Schram

Bryn Mawr College - Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research ( email )

Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
United States

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