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Social Sciences

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Social science is the collection of academic disciplines which study any aspect of social behavior and the functioning of society. This fluid term is generally used to describe any field of scholarship outside of the hard sciences. The narrowest definition is simply the study of human interaction and organization. Some scholars would include business administration, economics, law and psychology as part of social sciences, while others view these areas of study as independent disciplines.

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  1. Outline of a Theory of Practice is recognized as a major theoretical text on the foundations of anthropology and sociology. Pierre Bourdieu, a distinguished French anthropologist, develops a theory of practice which is simultaneously a critique of…
  2. A study of human behavior in social situations and the way we appear to others. Dr. Goffman has employed as a framework the metaphor of theatrical performance. Discussions of social techniques are based upon detailed research and observation of…
  3. In an earlier attempt to analyze the nature and value of the comparative method in political research (Lijphart, 1971), I did not present an unambiguously delimited definition of it. For this shortcoming I have been justly criticized (see…
  4. An influential conventional wisdom holds that civil wars proliferated rapidly with the end of the Cold War and that the root cause of many or most of these has been ethnic and religious antagonisms. We show that the current prevalence of internal…
  5. Providing a complete portal to the world of case study research, the Fourth Edition of Robert K. Yin's bestselling text Case Study Research offers comprehensive coverage of the design and use of the case study method as a valid research tool. This…
  6. In this article, we attempt to distinguish between the properties of moderator and mediator variables at a number of levels. First, we seek to make theorists and researchers aware of the importance of not using the terms moderator and mediator…
  7. Analysis of social networks is suggested as a tool for linking micro and macro levels of sociological theory. The procedure is illustrated by elaboration of the macro implications of one aspect of small-scale interaction: the strength of dyadic…
  8. Integrated cost and schedule control (C/S) was introduced in the US more than a quarter of a century ago. However, traditional separated C/S is still one of the conspicuous problems in the Hong Kong construction industry. A paper evaluates the…

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