Time Matters on Theory and Method
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
- Publish date: 07/01/2001
- ISBN: 9780226001036
- ISBN10: 0226001032
Time Matters focuses particularly on questions of time, events, and causality. Abbott grounds each essay in straightforward examinations of social scientific analyses. Throughout, he demonstrates the crucial assumptions we make about causes and events, about actors and interaction, and about time and meaning every time we employ methods of social analysis, whether in academic disciplines, market research, public opinion polling, or even evaluation research. Turning current assumptions on their heads, Abbott not only outlines the theoretical orthodoxies of empirical social science, he sketches new alternatives, laying down foundations for a new body of social theory.