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Systems Thinking, Critical Realism and Philosophy: A Confluence of Ideas

Systems Thinking, Critical Realism and Philosophy: A Confluence of Ideas

1st Edition

John Mingers
December 04, 2015

Systems Thinking, Critical Realism and Philosophy: A Confluence of Ideas seeks to re-address the whole question of philosophy and systems thinking for the twenty first century and provide a new work that would be of value to both systems and philosophy. This is a highly opportune time when...

Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social-Ecological Change

Critical Realism, Environmental Learning and Social-Ecological Change

1st Edition

Leigh Price, Heila Lotz-Sistka
November 26, 2015

Southern Africa, where most of these book chapters originate, has been identified as one of regions of the world most at risk of the consequences of environmental degradation and climate change. At the same time, it is still seeking ways to overcome the century long ravages of colonial and...

The Politics of Childhoods Real and Imagined: Practical Application of Critical Realism and Childhood Studies

The Politics of Childhoods Real and Imagined: Practical Application of Critical Realism and Childhood Studies

1st Edition

Priscilla Alderson
November 17, 2015

The second volume of Priscilla Alderson’s popular and renowned book Childhoods Real and Imagined relates dialectical critical realism to childhood. By demonstrating their relevance and value to each other, Alderson presents a practical introductory guide for applying critical realism to research...

Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology

Naturalizing Critical Realist Social Ontology

1st Edition

Tuukka Kaidesoja
May 22, 2015

This important book provides detailed critiques of the method of transcendental argumentation and the transcendental realist account of the concept of causal power that are among the core tenets of the bhaskarian version of critical realism. Kaidesoja also assesses the notions of human agency,...

Economic Growth and Sustainable Housing: an uneasy relationship

Economic Growth and Sustainable Housing: an uneasy relationship

1st Edition

Jin Xue
May 22, 2015

Economic Growth and Sustainable Housing: An Uneasy Relationship critically discusses the possibilities of decoupling environmental degradation from economic growth. The author refutes the belief in combining perpetual economic growth with long-term environmental sustainability based on the premise...

Indigenist Critical Realism: Human Rights and First Australians’ Wellbeing

Indigenist Critical Realism: Human Rights and First Australians’ Wellbeing

1st Edition

Gracelyn Smallwood
May 08, 2015

Indigenist Critical Realism: Human Rights and First Australians’ Wellbeing consists of a defence of what is popularly known as the Human Rights Agenda in Indigenous Affairs in Australia. It begins with a consideration of the non-well-being of Indigenous Australians, then unfolding a personal...

The Contradictions of Love: Towards a feminist-realist ontology of sociosexuality

The Contradictions of Love: Towards a feminist-realist ontology of sociosexuality

1st Edition

Lena Gunnarsson
March 04, 2015

The Contradictions of Love: Towards a feminist-realist ontology of sociosexuality offers a robust and multifaceted theoretical account of how, in contemporary western societies, women continue to be subordinated to men through sexual love. The book defends and elaborates Anna G. Jónasdóttir’s...

Critical Realism and Housing Research

Critical Realism and Housing Research

1st Edition

Julie Lawson
September 12, 2014

Since the nineteenth century various housing solutions have evolved, such as sprawling Australian home ownership and compact Dutch social rental housing. This phenomenon cannot be adequately explained with simple descriptions of key events, politics and housing outcomes. Critical Realism and...

The Assumption of Agency Theory

The Assumption of Agency Theory

1st Edition

Kate Forbes-Pitt
May 19, 2014

The Assumption of Agency Theory revisits the Turing Test and examines what Turing’s assessor knew. It asks important questions about how machines vis à vis humans have been characterized since Turing, and seeks to reverse the trend of looking closely at the machine by asking what humans know...

Sociological Realism

Sociological Realism

1st Edition

Andrea Maccarini, Emmanuele Morandi, Riccardo Prandini
May 19, 2014

Sociological Realism presents a clear and updated discussion of the main tenets and issues of social theory, written by some of the top scholars within the critical realist and relational approach. It connects such approaches systematically to other strands of thought that are central in...

The Economics of Science: A Critical Realist Overview: Volume 2: Towards a Synthesis of Political Economy and Science and Technology Studies

The Economics of Science: A Critical Realist Overview: Volume 2: Towards a Synthesis of Political Economy and Science and Technology Studies

1st Edition

David Tyfield
May 19, 2014

Dramatic and controversial changes in the funding of science over the past two decades, towards its increasing commercialization, have stimulated a huge literature trying to set out an "economics of science". Whether broadly in favour or against these changes, the vast majority of these frameworks...

Dynamic Embodiment for Social Theory: I move therefore I am

Dynamic Embodiment for Social Theory: I move therefore I am

1st Edition

Brenda Farnell
May 19, 2014

This book presents a series of ontological investigations into an adequate theory of embodiment for the social sciences. Informed by a new realist philosophy of causal powers, it seeks to articulate a concept of dynamic embodiment, one that positions human body movement, and not just ‘the body’ at...

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