Making the Moral Case for Social Sciences: Stemming the Tide

  • KarlĀ Spracklen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Karl Spracklen
    Pages 1-7
  3. Karl Spracklen
    Pages 8-29
  4. Karl Spracklen
    Pages 30-51
  5. Karl Spracklen
    Pages 52-71
  6. Karl Spracklen
    Pages 72-79
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 80-90

About this book


The social sciences have a legitimacy problem in the modern world. The natural sciences are viewed as 'proper science' by journalists and policy-makers because they discover 'truths', make money, and help governments solve problems. In turn, defenders of the social sciences borrow the language of instrumentality, profit and policy impact. Karl Spracklen, by contrast, makes the moral case for the social sciences, arguing that they are a necessary social good capable of fighting inequality and revealing the workings of hegemonic power.


Social sciences power hegemony moral case social good Defence government Moral morality quality social science

Authors and affiliations

  • KarlĀ Spracklen
    • 1
  1. 1.Leeds Beckett UniversityUK

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