Quo Vadis Social Sciences? Appropriating Ground in the Indeterminacy of Knowldge Crisis - The Role of Qualitative Social Work Research
Drawing upon my Ph.D. research in this area, the paper examines the discursive dimensions of social policy oriented research, which has coincided with the indeterminacy of knowledge crisis in the social sciences. It considers the implications of the indeterminacy crisis for the legitmation of both the natural and social sciences, and evaluates the contribution qualitative social work research can make to the development of new normative foundations in the social sciences, in particular sociology.The issue is explored within the context of the social exclusion debate in contemporary UK welfare by reflecting upon the discursive dimensions of social inclusion policies for children and young people in the United Kingdom.
Keywords: Discursive Dimesnions of Science, Normative Foundations of Social Science, Social Exclusion and Inclusion
Dr. Eileen Oak
Lecturer (Social Work), School of Community, Health Sciences, and Social Care,