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Orgheads: What is the canonical citation for “Kuhn’s model doesn’t work so well in the social sciences?” Thanks.

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Written by fabiorojas

June 14, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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  1. You mean, other than Kuhn himself claiming the social sciences were pre-paradigmatic?

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    lurker_01

    June 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm

  2. This is old, and it’s been years, but I remember Richard Bernstein writing about Kuhn and the social sciences in his ‘Restructuring…’ book.

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    Andrew

    June 15, 2012 at 4:29 am

  3. It’s not “canonical”, but Chapter V of Steve Fuller’s Thomas Kuhn (Chicago, 2000) should be required reading on the matter. He cites Deutsch, Markovits and Platt (Advances in the Social Sciences, 1986, p. 278), for the following remark of Kuhn’s (in a letter to Deutsch): “I know a great deal less than I should, and in any case virtually nothing at all, about the social sciences, and I will not create confusion by bluffing it.” That may be the citation you’re looking for.

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    Thomas

    June 15, 2012 at 8:12 am

  4. Eckberg and Hill, ASR 1979. The Paradigm Concept in Sociology. There was a later exchange with Ritzer in 1980 or 1981…..

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    sherkat

    June 15, 2012 at 12:29 pm

  5. Thanks for the cites. I think these will do.

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    fabiorojas

    June 15, 2012 at 4:48 pm


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