A New Epistemic and Methodological Approach to the Study of Violence

Titchiner, Beth (2019) A New Epistemic and Methodological Approach to the Study of Violence. In: The Epistemology of Violence. Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 19-42. ISBN 978-3-030-12910-1

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Abstract

This chapter presents a new epistemic and methodological framework for the study of violence. Arguing that both idealist (e.g. post-structural) and foundationalist (e.g. positivist) epistemologies are both inadequate, a new epistemic framework is presented which draws on updated early Frankfurt-School critical theory, post-Husserlian phenomenology, and Critical Realism. Key epistemic attitudes are discussed, such as a dialectical approach to ‘bracketing’ based in a more phenomenologically grounded concept of intersubjectivity and a resistance to ‘identity thinking’, as well as emphasis on the multidimensionality and processual nature of phenomena. Grounded in this epistemic framework, a methodological approach is outlined, which draws on aspects of ‘radical enquiry’ and Grounded Theory, and a compatible approach to causality. The data collection and analysis methods upon which this book is based are also outlined, which include a ‘naturalistic enquiry’ approach to participant observation and a multidimensional causal chain analysis.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 09:30
Last Modified: 21 May 2020 00:27
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/70351
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-12911-8_2

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