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The suicide of the social sciences: causes and effects
Stockholm School of Economics.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration . Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4167-5771
2010 (English)In: INNOVATION-THE EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH, ISSN 1351-1610, Vol. 23, no 1, 13-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The social sciences have undergone profound changes. The causes of these changes are many, and in this article we discuss the most important ones. First, we discuss the shift to a situation where the American tradition is the norm and European and national traditions are vanishing. Secondly, we discuss the shift from a focus on the empirical context to a pure internal research focus. These and other changes cause dramatic effects for the social sciences. In our article we analyze these effects on the topics, results, methods and values of the social sciences. We especially focus on the career system and the PhD education. Our conclusion is that changes implemented to gain higher quality have instead caused decreasing quality to a point where the social sciences as a whole are at risk.

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Taylor and Francis , 2010. Vol. 23, no 1, 13-23 p.
Keyword [en]
social science, research, Europe, academic career, PhD education, empirical work
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-57171DOI: 10.1080/13511611003791141ISI: 000278008200002OAI: diva2:323542
Available from: 2010-06-11 Created: 2010-06-11 Last updated: 2016-05-04

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