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Issue no.1 /2010


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CONTENTS    
SOCIAL ECOLOGIES OF SCHOOL SUCCESS. IMPLICATIONS FOR POLICIES AND PRACTICE    
THE SCHOOL SUCCESS PROFILE: ASSESSING THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND THE INDIVIDUAL ADAPTATION OF MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS    
THE MEASUREMENT OF THE SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF SCHOOL SUCCESS – A VALIDITY STUDY OF THE ROMANIAN VERSION OF THE SCHOOL SUCCESS PROFILE    
THE ROLE OF FAMILY FACTORS IN SCHOOL OUTCOMES AT DIFFERENT SCHOOL LEVELS    
FACTORS INFLUENCING SCHOOL SUCCESS IN RURAL ROMANIA: A CASE STUDY BASED ON DATA COLLECTED WITH THE SCHOOL SUCCESS PROFILE INSTRUMENT    
MULTILEVEL ANALYSIS OF ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS OF UPPER SECONDARY STUDENTS IN A ROMANIAN CITY    
ARE FACTORS OF SOCIAL CAPITAL ABLE TO MODIFY SOCIAL REPRODUCTION EFFECTS?    
CAREERSTART: A MIDDLE GRADES STRATEGY FOR PROMOTING STUDENT SCHOOL ENGAGEMENT AND ACADEMIC SUCCESS    
FROM CHILD PROTECTION TO HIGHER EDUCATION    
EDUCATION AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE IN EUROPEAN SOCIETIES. EXPLORING MEASUREMENT ISSUES IN GENERAL POPULATION SURVEYS    
THE STRUCTURE OF NARRATIVE FORMS    
METHODOLOGICAL FORUM:CREATIVE AND CRITICAL SOCIOLOGY FOR THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY    
CORRUPT KNOWLEDGE AND THE QUEST FOR OBJECTIVITY: A CRITIQUE OF THE ROMANIAN POSITIVIST SOCIOLOGY    
METAPHOR IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: CREATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND SOME ELEMENTS FOR AN EPISTEMOLOGICAL RECONSTRUCTION    
Translated Title: METAPHOR IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES: CREATIVE METHODOLOGIES AND SOME ELEMENTS FOR AN EPISTEMOLOGICAL RECONSTRUCTION
Publication: Studia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai - Sociologia (1/2010)
Author Name: Soreanu, Raluca;
Language: English
Subject: Sociology / Social Sciences
Issue: 1/2010
Page Range: 239-256
No. of Pages: 18
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Summary: Metaphor is often reduced to decorative expression in the social sciences. While sociologists rely heavily on metaphor to anchor theory, they fail to acknowledge its use and they treat it as disconnected from the activity of social critique. The essay discusses the capacity of metaphor to put localities in a state of emergence and to reveal hierarchy. A vignette about feminist knowledge production shows how metaphors can be used in sociology without totalising ambitions, even in the realm of methodology, which is often reserved to aspirations of precision. This exposition allows for a critique of positivism, which is not seen as a mere “idea” grounding methodologies; instead, I regard it as a regime of resonance emerging in a time of war, for the efficient organisation of war machines, through an association between the state, the military, and some continental logical positivist ideas. I elaborate on the impoverished emotional modalities of positivism, and on its distinctive stylistics, which shows a preference for metonymy among metaphors. Finally, I reflect on some elements for an epistemological reconstruction.
Keywords: metaphor; creativity; epistemology; positivism; feminist theory.
METHODOLOGY AND THE QUALITY OF RESEARCH: REFLECTIONS ON AN UNEASY YET PROMISING RELATIONSHIP