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    The Mess We Are In: How the Morphogenetic Approach Helps to Explain It: IACR 2020 Warsaw.Margaret S. Archer - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):330-348.
    David Lockwood's distinction between System Integration and Social Integration is brought together with the Morphogenetic Approach to account for the current societal fragmentation experience...
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    Populism as a Layered System: Ideological, Social Identity, and Psychodynamic Perspectives.Carl Auerbach - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):349-367.
    This paper analyses populism as a layered system with three levels: the political/institutional, the social/interactional, and the psychological/intrapsychic. Each level is theorized using a specif...
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    Critical Realism: One of the Main Theoretical Orientations of the Social Sciences in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries.Monika Bukowska - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):441-447.
    This paper argues that critical realism is one of the main theoretical orientations of the social sciences in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Critical realism aims to study the transcende...
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    The Fundamental Issue in Education and the Problem of Responsibility.Pavol Dancák - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):381-395.
    The human being is a dynamic and open creature, and therefore he always changes. However, not only an individual but also the whole society is in such a state. The article briefly explains the urge...
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    Decline of the Post-War, Modern Concept of Democracy? On the Change in the Anthropological Foundations of European Politics.Michał Gierycz - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):413-427.
    Beginning with the sources of the dispute over the meaning of the modern democratic ideal, this article shows two opposing, anthropological positions pr...
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    Identity Constructs: A Shift From Critical Anthropology to Applied Angelology.Piotr Mazurkiewicz - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):396-412.
    Paradoxically, in contemporary human and social sciences, dominated by materialist philosophy, the bodily dimension of the human person is often underestimated. Hence, for example, the idea for pro...
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  7. Person, Subjectivity and Agency – From the Perspective of Critical Realism.Krzysztof Wielecki - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):368-380.
    The perspective of critical realism in the reflection on a ‘human being' excludes any constructivist or subjectivist concepts of the ‘black hole' of language. This seems essential, in philosophy an...
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    The Human Person in Times of Civilization Change.Krzysztof Wielecki & Monika Bukowska - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):329-329.
    We are pleased to present this special issue of Journal of Critical Realism, which is a wide-ranging selection of papers from the 2020 International Association of Critical Realism Congress in Wars...
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    Chopin’s Piano and the Aesthetics of Social Life.Artur Wysocki - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (4):428-440.
    The text, starting from the classic picture taken from Polish literature on the barbaric destruction of higher culture, first shows the contemporary manifestations of an attack on one of the basic...
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    A Psychological Perspective of Agency and Structure Within Critical Realist Theory: A Specific Application to the Construct of Self-Efficacy.Roger Booker - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (3):239-256.
    The discipline of psychology has been under-represented in the critical realist account of the relationship between structure and agency. In this paper a critical realist perspective of educational...
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    The Nature of Social Reality: Issues in Social Ontology.Dave Elder-Vass - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (3):322-328.
    Tony Lawson’s book The Nature of Social Reality is an impressive overview of a philosophically coherent social ontology that he has been developing for at least a decade. The book, and the earlier...
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    Realist Evaluation of Social Outcomes in Community Care: The Application of Affordance Theory to the Lindsay Leg Clubs.Anna Milena Galazka, Tim Edwards & Keith Harding - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (3):280-299.
    This study uses a scientific realist methodology to explain how social outcomes of community care interventions are produced, sustained and contextually dependent. We evaluate an organization dedicated to wound care and leg health known as the Lindsay Leg Club network, so far studied mostly from a phenomenological perspective, to demonstrate the generative role of places where Leg Clubs are located, with objects in their environment, and people who organize and run Leg Clubs, with their agency and intentionality. We theorize the (...)
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    Critical Realism for a Time of Crisis? Buch-Hansen and Nielsen’s Twenty-First Century CR.Jamie Morgan - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (3):300-321.
    In this essay I set and explore Buch-Hansen and Nielsen’s Critical Realism: Basics and Beyond. I then move on to discuss arising issues relevant to contemporary critical realism, including time, ca...
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    A Critical Realist Exploration of Entrepreneurship as Complex, Reflexive and Myriad.Lakshman Wimalasena, Laura Galloway & Isla Kapasi - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (3):257-279.
    This paper builds on previous studies that explore entrepreneurship from a critical realist morphogenetic perspective, and incorporates the neglected aspect of how agential reflexivity shapes entre...
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    Catcher in the Lie: Resisting Bovine Ordure in Social Epistemology.Nick Hardy - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (2):125-145.
    ABSTRACT This paper takes Lee McIntyre’s argument for post-truth and uses it to explain the contemporary rise of bad faith and bullshitting social actors. The paper then posits the critical realist metatheoretical framework of ontological realism, epistemic relativity, and judgemental rationality as a means of understanding the societal placement and the operation of bullshit and bad faith. Utilizing the CR concept of alethic truth enables epistemologies to be judged on a standard of truth separate from the epistemology itself. Using this (...)
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    Cambridge Social Ontology, the Philosophical Critique of Modern Economics and Social Positioning Theory: An Interview with Tony Lawson, Part 2.Tony Lawson & Jamie Morgan - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (2):201-237.
    In Part 1 of this wide-ranging interview, Tony Lawson discussed his role in, and relationship to, Critical Realism as well as various defences of mathematical modelling in economics. In Part 2 he t...
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    How Do We Research Possible Roads to Alternative Futures? Theoretical and Methodological Considerations.Dorothea Elena Schoppek - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (2):146-158.
    ABSTRACT While multiple crisis phenomena have sparked experimentation with alternative forms of production and consumption on the micro level, it is not clear if and how these alternative practices may become hegemonic and thus displace capitalism as the hegemonic order on the macro level, rather than merely fostering pockets of a solidarity economy within capitalism. This question is hard to research, because it relates to post-capitalist futures rather than actual events or phenomena in the past or present. In this article, (...)
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    Researching the Capabilities of People with Disabilities: Would a Critical Realist Methodology Help?Khanh That Ton, J. C. Gaillard, Carole Adamson & Caglar Akgungor - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (2):181-200.
    ABSTRACT Amartya Sen’s capability approach is often used in disability research as a normative framework for describing and evaluating the well-being of people with disabilities. Nevertheless, recently, the possibility of going beyond description to the use of the capability approach as an explanatory tool has been raised. However, to allow the use of the capability approach in this way requires grounding it in an appropriate research paradigm. In this paper, critical realism is adopted for this purpose. It is argued that (...)
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    A Realist Approach to Thematic Analysis: Making Sense of Qualitative Data Through Experiential, Inferential and Dispositional Themes.Gareth Wiltshire & Noora Ronkainen - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (2):159-180.
    ABSTRACT Thematic analysis is the most widely used method for analysing qualitative data. Recent debates, highlighting the binary distinctions between reflexive TA grounded within the qualitative paradigm and codebook TA with neo-positivist orientations, have emphasized the existence of numerous tensions that researchers must navigate to produce coherent and rigorous research. This article attempts to resolve some of these tensions through developing an approach to TA underpinned by realist philosophy of science. Focusing on interview data, we propose the use of three (...)
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    Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Critical Realism on Critical Realism and Pragmatism.Dave Elder-Vass & Karin Zotzmann - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (1):123-123.
    Submission by 31st July 2021The relationship between pragmatism and critical realism is open to many interpretations. On the one hand, compared to more traditional approaches, the two approaches sh...
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    Realist Synthesis: A Critique and an Alternative.Kate Hinds & Kelly Dickson - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (1):1-17.
    Realist synthesis is often offered as a useful strategy to understand intervention complexity. Its unique selling point is its basis in a critical realist philosophy of science. However, we argue t...
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    Realism, Dialectic, Justice and Law: An Interview with Alan Norrie.Alan Norrie & Jamie Morgan - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (1):98-122.
    In this wide-ranging interview Alan Norrie discusses how he became involved with Critical Realism, his work on Dialectical Critical Realism, and responses to it amongst the Critical Realist communi...
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    Critical Realism as a Continuing Resource for Biological Research: The Illustrative Case Study of Biting Midges and Their Symbiotic Bacteria.Jack Pilgrim & David Pilgrim - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (1):39-55.
    This paper aims to illustrate the advantages of critical realism for biological scientists and to offer an example, for others in philosophy and the social sciences, of applied natural science in p...
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