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A Deweyan vision of democracy and social research 
Malcolm P. Cutchin

. Yet Dewey’s theory of habit is central to his philosophy and has been mostly overlooked by social scientists. To complement and contribute to the growth of social scientific scholarship in the pragmatic tradition, especially one concerned with democratic processes of social inquiry and social reconstruction, I attempt to flesh out some fundamental dimensions of Dewey’s work on habit. I suggest that an understanding of the central role of habit in Dewey’s body of work opens up the discourse to his associated ideas of embodiment, imagination and community – all of

in The power of pragmatism
Knowledge production and social inquiry
Editors: Jane Wills and Robert W. Lake

This book makes the case for a pragmatist approach to the practice of social inquiry and knowledge production. Through diverse examples from multiple disciplines, contributors explore the power of pragmatism to inform a practice of inquiry that is democratic, community-centred, problem-oriented and experimental. Drawing from both classical and neo-pragmatist perspectives, the book advances a pragmatist sensibility in which truth and knowledge are contingent rather than universal, made rather than found, provisional rather than dogmatic, subject to continuous experimentation rather than ultimate proof and verified in their application in action rather than in the accuracy of their representation of an antecedent reality. The power of pragmatism offers a path forward for mobilizing the practice of inquiry in social research, exploring the implications of pragmatism for the process of knowledge production.

Clive Barnett

account of pragmatism. And in fundamental respects, the lesson of this living tradition is that classical Pragmatism needs reappraisal and augmentation if it is to act as an aide to understanding contemporary problems facing social inquiry. The vibrancy of contemporary philosophical debates about Pragmatism raises the question of whether it is, in fact, even possible any longer to delimit Pragmatism as a distinct tradition. After all, if Pragmatism is characterised, as suggested by Hilary Putnam (1995) , by the primacy it accords to practice in matters of knowledge

in The power of pragmatism
Bryan Fanning

, transnationalism as a phenomena ‘does not swirl blithely free of FANNING 9781784993221 PRINT.indd 17 19/01/2016 13:25 18 Irish adventures in nation-building the political spaces of nation-states’.14 According to Anthony Smith, a sociologist of nationalism, ‘the world nation-state system has become an enduring and stable component of our whole cognitive outlook’.15 As put by Ulrick Beck, the nation-state came ‘to constitute the container of society and the boundary of sociology’.16 Methodological nationalism is a term used by sociologists to refer to social inquiry which is

in Irish adventures in nation-building
Norbert Steinhaus

questionnaire was conceived for this study, and discussed with specialists in techniques of social inquiries from Alexandru Ioan Cuza and Gheorghe Asachi Technical universities in Iasi. Over 2,500 questionnaires were processed for the first part of the report regarding consultation with citizens. Face-to face interviews were used. For data collection and analysis, the following aspects were considered: • Three sources of drinking water from different treatment plants were selected (two surface water sources and one underground source). The level of treatment per source is

in Knowledge, democracy and action
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The power of pragmatism
Jane Wills and Robert W. Lake

the complexity of the world to manageable proportions. Even if we acknowledge that they are simplifications, we approach social inquiry with a predefined lexicon that allows us to find ‘gentrification’, ‘neoliberalism’, ‘planetary urbanism’, ‘settler colonialism’ or the ‘post-political’ (to highlight some of the most popular concepts in critical social inquiry today) because those are the things we expect to find. If we use large datasets and analytical models, we look for predictable patterns to find the universal causal processes behind complex activities such as

in The power of pragmatism
Children’s health and biosocial power
Kevin Ryan

eugenics. 17 August, p. 5. Freeman’s Journal (1911c) Position of the state in regard to eugenics. 18 August, p. 4. Gogarty, O. (1912) The need for medical inspection of school children in Ireland. The Dublin Journal of Medical Science, 132(6): 409–420. Hall, G.S. (1911) Adolescence its Psychology and its Relation to Physiology, Anthropology, Sociology, Sex, Crime, Religion and Education. New York and London, D. Appleton and Company. Hancock, W.N. (1860) The Aberdeen industrial schools contrasted with Irish workhouses. Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland
Encounters with biosocial power
Author: Kevin Ryan

Refiguring childhood stages a series of encounters with biosocial power, which is a specific zone of intensity within the more encompassing arena of biopower and biopolitics. Assembled at the intersection of thought and practice, biosocial power attempts to bring envisioned futures into the present, taking hold of life in the form of childhood, thereby bridging being and becoming while also shaping the power relations that encapsulate the social and cultural world(s) of adults and children. Taking up a critical perspective which is attentive to the contingency of childhoods – the ways in which particular childhoods are constituted and configured – the method used in the book is a transversal genealogy that moves between past and present while also crossing a series of discourses and practices framed by children’s rights (the right to play), citizenship, health, disadvantage and entrepreneurship education. The overarching analysis converges on contemporary neoliberal enterprise culture, which is approached as a conjuncture that helps to explain, and also to trouble, the growing emphasis on the agency and rights of children. It is against the backdrop of this problematic that the book makes its case for refiguring childhood. Focusing on the how, where and when of biosocial power, Refiguring childhood will appeal to researchers and students interested in examining the relationship between power and childhood through the lens of social and political theory, sociology, cultural studies, history and geography.

Pragmatism between rationalism and sentimentality 
Robert W. Lake

defence of ‘experimental intelligence’ via social inquiry as a means to transform a problematic situation into a more desired state under unavoidable conditions of contingency and uncertainty. Experimentation proceeds through the application of collective intelligence to change the situation, assess the effect of the change and determine whether the change constitutes an improvement or not. While intelligence constitutes the ability to direct change in the most promising directions given past experience and future expectations, the outcome of action will be uncertain

in The power of pragmatism
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Lindsey Earner-Byrne

function’.11 In most Western European Introduction 3 countries the main impetus behind the interest in maternal welfare was an international concern about the declining birth rate, which had reached a low point in many countries by 1933.12 Ireland was a demographic anomaly in Western Europe. As a gathering of the Irish Statistical and Social Inquiry Society was informed in 1935, ‘In no respect is this country more strikingly dissimilar from others than in the manner in which the population is recruited. With the lowest marriage rate in the world and one of the highest

in Mother and child