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Dialectic Critical Realism: Grounded Values and Reflexivity in Social Science Research

  1. Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, 15 Webster Street, Liverpool L3 2ET, UK
  2. Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JA, UK
  3. School of Management, University of Bradford, Emm Lane, Bradford BD9 4JL, UK
Version 1 : Received: 15 September 2016 / Approved: 18 September 2016 / Online: 18 September 2016 (06:04:09 CEST)

How to cite: Bagley, C.; Sawyerr, A.; Abubaker, M. Dialectic Critical Realism: Grounded Values and Reflexivity in Social Science Research. Preprints 2016, 2016090052 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201609.0052.v1). Bagley, C.; Sawyerr, A.; Abubaker, M. Dialectic Critical Realism: Grounded Values and Reflexivity in Social Science Research. Preprints 2016, 2016090052 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201609.0052.v1).

Abstract

Critical realism emerged from the philosophical writings of Roy Bhaskar, and has evolved into a philosophy of social science research using the model of “dialectical critical realism” (DCR) which begins with the researcher’s assumptions that the structures being researched have a real, ontological grounding which is independent of the researcher. This approach has proved fruitful in British and European social science research, but has had less influence in North America. We outline DCR’s four level model for understanding society and its changing social structures through “the pulse of freedom”. DCR has been used by Marxists, Muslims, Catholics and secular scholars who engage fruitfully in morphogenic dialogues leading to a critical realist understanding of society and social research, which transcends positivist and social constructionist models. Examples of DCR’s application in the fields of childhood research, child abuse, education, and research on organisations are outlined to illustrate the working of this new research paradigm. We are enthusiastic in our advocacy of DCR as a model of qualitative research, and for constructing models of positive social change, and are particularly impressed by the substantive and theoretical expositions of DCR by Priscilla Anderson, Matthew Wilkinson and Margaret Archer, whose work we document and review.

Subject Areas

Dialectical Critical Realism; Education; Islam; Childhood Studies; Child Abuse; Work-Life-Balance; Roy Bhaskar; Priscilla Alderson; Margaret Archer

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