Are Social Scientists Loosing Touch With Wild Ideas?

‘[I]n recent years, there has been a … tendency to argue that social science must be more practical, policy-orientated, and so on, a tendency which risks loosing touch with wild ideas completely; it is the kind of social science that does not understand the basic point that it is producing a form of intelligibility which ‘can only confirm the prevailing views within those institutions that generated the data’ (Rawls 2002: 54) and in fetishizing the values of methodological rigour seems to me to miss a large part of the point of social science by purposefully going about deadening itself (Law 2005) when that is both pointless and unnecessary.’ (Nigel Thrift 2008: 19 – my emphasis)

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