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The Resource The ivory tower of Babel : why the social sciences are failing to live up to their promises, David Demers, (electronic resource)

The ivory tower of Babel : why the social sciences are failing to live up to their promises, David Demers, (electronic resource)

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The ivory tower of Babel : why the social sciences are failing to live up to their promises
Title
The ivory tower of Babel
Title remainder
why the social sciences are failing to live up to their promises
Statement of responsibility
David Demers
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Mainstream social science has come under fierce criticism in recent decades for failing to have more impact on public policy. Critics say the social sciences are incapable of generating knowledge that can solve social problems. Others contend that partisan politics and university administrations are the problem. Politicians are more concerned about special interests than scientific research, and administrators care more about scholarly publications than solving social problems. Are the social sciences failing to live up to their promises? Have they outlived their usefulness? Have they become an Ivory Tower of Babel?
  • The primary goal of these scholars - anthropologists, communication scholars, economists, political scientists, sociologists and social psychologists - has been to solve problems of social integration. The Babylonian tower was designed in part to unite people to one geographical area. Similarly, social scientists see their tower of knowledge as a means for solving social problems - such as poverty, crime, drug abuse, inequality, unemployment, abuse of power - that alienate people and groups from modern society."--pub. desc
  • "Mainstream social science has come under fierce criticism in recent decades for failing to have more impact on public policy. Critics say the social sciences are incapable of generating knowledge that can solve social problems. Others contend that partisan politics and university administrations are the problem. Politicians are more concerned about special interests than scientific research, and administrators care more about scholarly publications than solving social problems. Are the social sciences failing to live up to their promises? Have they outlived their usefulness? Have they become an Ivory Tower of Babel?
  • The primary goal of these scholars - anthropologists, communication scholars, economists, political scientists, sociologists and social psychologists - has been to solve problems of social integration. The Babylonian tower was designed in part to unite people to one geographical area. Similarly, social scientists see their tower of knowledge as a means for solving social problems - such as poverty, crime, drug abuse, inequality, unemployment, abuse of power - that alienate people and groups from modern society."--pub. desc
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DLC
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1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Demers, David
Dewey number
300.1
LC call number
H61
LC item number
.D3379 2011
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Social sciences
Label
The ivory tower of Babel : why the social sciences are failing to live up to their promises, David Demers, (electronic resource)
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-279) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000637269
Dimensions
23 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
296 p.
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780875868813
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2011015347
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000637269
Label
The ivory tower of Babel : why the social sciences are failing to live up to their promises, David Demers, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-279) and index
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000637269
Dimensions
23 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
296 p.
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780875868813
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Lccn
2011015347
Other physical details
ill.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000637269

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