The Weakness of the Defence
Spracklen shows the weakness of the defence made by social scientists today ad historically, which are dominated by instrumental ways of thinking about the value of the work. The social sciences have been enthralled by two related ideas — the idea that the social might be measured by a slide-rule or computer; and the idea that the social sciences might be a tool to make governments work efciently and industries make bigger profts. If social sciences make the case for their work and existence by measuring impact, measuring income-generation and fetishizing scientific methods, they allow themselves to be the subject of reduction to the ‘big’ natural sciences, and allow themselves to be subsumed.
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