DATE & TIME
Friday, May 13, 2016
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dr. Frederic Schaffer
Professor, Department of Political Science
University of Massachusetts Amherst
This event is free
Concepts are foundational to the social-science enterprise. This two-day workshop offers participants new ways to think about and work with them. In contrast to the more familiar positivist project of concept “reconstruction” – the formulation of a technical, purportedly neutral vocabulary for measuring, comparing, and generalizing – Professor Frederic Schaffer will introduce workshop participants to an interpretivist approach that he calls “elucidation.”
Elucidation includes both an investigation into the language of daily life and a reflexive examination of social-science technical language. It is intended to illuminate both the worldviews of the people that social scientists wish to understand and the ways in which social scientists’ embeddedness in particular languages, historical eras, and power structures shapes the concepts with which they do their work.
The main goals of the workshop are threefold:
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