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New Agendas for Social Science Research
Mary E. John
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 43, No. 5 (Feb. 2 - 8, 2008), pp. 36-38
Published by: Economic and Political Weekly
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40276969
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The last 20 years have witnessed an extraordinary proliferation of "big questions" as the older certitudes have broken down one by one. Whether it be the nature of development, the structure of politics or the rise of new kinds of social identities, recent events are making it evident that the social sciences are as yet unable to adequately interpret contemporary history. The issue then is one that almost never gets addressed: How do we turn events and questions into a meaningful and researchable agenda?
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