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ERIC Number: ED406048
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 26
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Reinstating Modernity in Social Science Research--or--The Status of Bullwinkle in a Post-Postmodern Era.
Kahn, Peter H., Jr.
With the increasing focus on issues pertaining, for example, to race, class, and gender, social science studies have increasingly relied on postmodern theory. Postmodern critiques have enlarged in scope and increasingly confronted traditional social scientists with challenges: epistemic, methodological, and moral. This paper asserts that while these challenges have, on the positive side, reinvigorated various lines of research, they have also often become excessive and unwarranted, and can unduly constrain the shape of social scientific research. The paper first speaks to substantive and pervasive problems with postmodern theory itself. Secondly, it demonstrates from a variety of theoretical perspectives how many of the legitimate concerns of postmodernists can and are addressed in current "modern" research programs. To substantiate this position, the paper draws on recent studies on the development of environmental moral reasoning and values. The paper's goal is to reclaim some of the methods and terminology which postmodernists have begun to privilege as their own in the hope that postmodernity will give way to the post-postmodern era: modernity itself, reinvigorated. Contains 85 references. (EV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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