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The Social Science Jargon Buster


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Preface Action Research Aesthetics Agency Alienation Anomie A posteriori / A priori Authority Behaviourism The Body Bureaucracy Capital Capitalism Causation Chaos theory Class Cognitive dissonance Collective Colonization Commodification Communism Community Conflict theory Conservatism Critical / Radical Cultural Studies Culture Deconstruction Deductive/ Inductive reasoning Democracy Determinism Developed / Developing Countries Deviant behaviour Dialectic Dichotomy Discourse Egalitarianism Empiricism Epistemology Essentialism Ethics Ethnocentricism Ethnography Ethnomethodology Existentialism Fascism Feminism Functionalism Fundamentalism Game theory Geneology Globalization Governance Grounded theory Hegemony Hermeneutics Historical Materialism Historicism Human/social ecology Humanism Hybridity Hypothesis/ hypothetico-deductive method Id/ ego/ superego Idealism Identity Ideology Imperialism Individualism Industrialisation Instrumentalism Justice Knowledge Labelling theory Labour Leadership Liberalism Marginalization Marxism Materialism McDonaldization Metanarrative Methods Methodology Micro/Macroeconmics Modernism/Postmodernism Modernity Multiculturalism Nationalism Nominalism Norms Ontology Other Paradigm Patriarchy Pedagogy/Critical Pedagogy Personality Phenomenology Pluralism Positivism Postmodernity Post Industrial Post Positivism Power Pragmatism Praxis Prejudice/Discrimination Protestant ethic Qualitative/Quantitative Rationalism Realism Reductionism Reflexivity Reification Relativism Research Credibility (positivist) Research Credibility (post-positivist) Revolution Risk Society Role Scientific method Secularisation Self Semiotics Sexuality Social Change Social Constructionism Social Control Social Darwinism Social Mobility Social Movements Social Science Research Social Stratification Socialism Socialization Society Sociobiology Socioeconomic status Sociolinguistics Solidarity (The) State Structuralism/ Post-structuralism Subject Subjectivism Symbolic Interactionism Systems theory Technology Teleology Theory/ Social Theory Totalitarianism Urbanization Utilitarianism BIBLIOGRAPHY/ READING LIST

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Zina O'Leary is an internationally-recognized leader in research methodologies, and has a keen interest in the application of research to evidence-based decision-making. Zina is a Senior Fellow at the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where she coordinates research and project units for their Executive Masters and Executive Education Programs. Zina also has an extensive history as a consultant to both Government and the private sector and was the research coordinator for the Centre for Environmental Health Development at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre. She is the author of Researching Real World Problems, The Social Science Jargon Buster, and Workplace Research.


`This book successfully addresses the central task for any teacher of social theory - how to make the material accessible without making it simplistic and banal' - Dave Harris, Senior Lecturer in Social Science -- T.N. Smalley * Choice *
`This book successfully addresses the central task for any teacher of social theory - how to make the material accessible without making it simplistic and banal' - Dave Harris, Senior Lecturer in Social Science

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