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  1. Ethics and Emancipation in Action: Concrete Utopias.Dave Elder-Vass - forthcoming - Journal of Critical Realism:1-13.
    This is an edited transcript of a keynote paper given at IACR's 2021 Annual Conference. The paper outlines a critical realist approach to critique and illustrates its application to the contemporary economy. It argues that responsible, constructive critique depends on ethics, on causal explanation, and on the development of utopian visions. Utopias are tools, and concrete utopias are not visions of whole alternative ready-made societies, but rather partial models that can be built in practice as elements of the larger social (...)
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  • Neoliberalism’s Conditioning Effects on the University and the Example of Proctoring During COVID-19 and Since.Sioux McKenna - forthcoming - Journal of Critical Realism:1-14.
    Neoliberalism has shaped the academy in ways that constrain its potential as a public good. Neoliberalism is based on the assumption that, by submitting to the so-called neutral forces of the marke...
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  • Democracy in Practice? The Norwegian Public Inquiry of the Alexander L. Kielland North-Sea Oil Platform Disaster.Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe & Marie Smith-Solbakken - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (5):525-541.
    In March 1980, the oil-platform Alexander L. Kielland capsized in the North Sea resulting in the death of 123 workers. The Norwegian inquiry into the disaster was closed to the public and the survi...
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  • Teaching Poor Ethnic Minority Students: A Critical Realist Interpretation of Disempowerment.Areti Stylianou & David Scott - 2018 - British Journal of Educational Studies 66 (1):69-85.
  • Critical Realist Methodology Guiding Theory Development: The Case of the Norwegian Second Home Ownership Paradox.Rasmus Steffansen - 2016 - Journal of Critical Realism 15 (2):122-141.
    Informed by a critical realist approach, this article criticizes the dearth of research on the question of the need for capital that prospective owners of modern Norwegian second homes are faced with. The main method used for theorizing capital need is the model for an applied explanatory science proposed by Bhaskar, the RRREIC schema, which helps us understand the necessary components of a second home transaction. This leads to an in-depth analysis of this phenomenon and specifically traces the mechanisms related (...)
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  • Emancipatory Marketing and the Emancipation of Marketing Research: A Critical Realist Perspective.Hamish Simmonds - 2018 - Journal of Critical Realism 17 (5):466-491.
    ABSTRACTThis paper is premised on the call to re-orientate marketing as a contributing social science. It gathers together criticisms of marketing research which identify inconsistencies that prevent our progress. It posits that we are driven to reproduce these inconsistencies because of a closed-system of practice and because of the generative absence of an effective, reflexive and integrative metatheoretical structure. In response to these problems, the paper aims to offer an integrative metatheoretical structure from which to ground our research and intervene (...)
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  • Modelling Dialectical Processes in Environmental Learning: An Elaboration of Roy Bhaskar’s Onto-Axiological Chain.Ingrid Joan Schudel - 2017 - Journal of Critical Realism 16 (2):163-183.
    ABSTRACTThis paper describes a critical realist intensive case study, which develops and tests a ‘dialectic process model of transformative learning’. The model is inspired by Bhaskar's onto-axiological chain as outlined in his formulation of dialectical critical realism. The study describes transformative environmental learning processes focusing on food security in two primary schools in rural South Africa. The model elaborates on the four links in the onto-axiological chain by describing four knowledge interests across the two cases: knowledge of ‘what is and (...)
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  • Review of Critical Realism, Feminism and Gender: A Reader. [REVIEW]Glory Rigueros Saavedra & David Pilgrim - forthcoming - Tandf: Journal of Critical Realism:1-10.
  • Review of Critical Realism, Feminism and Gender: A Reader: By Michiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann and Lena Gunnarsson (Eds.), Abingdon, Oxon, and New York, Routledge, 2020. [REVIEW]Glory Rigueros Saavedra & David Pilgrim - 2021 - Journal of Critical Realism 21 (2):247-256.
    This is a most welcome handbook arriving at a timely moment for those interested in feminism in relation to sex/gender, progressive politics and sustainability. Critical realism has been an invalua...
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  • Integral Theory and the Search for the Holy Grail: On the Possibility of a Metatheory.Timothy Rutzou - 2014 - Journal of Critical Realism 13 (1):77-83.
    This article continues the discussion surrounding the questions of metatheory which emerged from a symposium in 2011 between critical realism and integral theory. It maintains and develops the critique that integral theory is fraught with problems arising from a monovalent neo-Platonic dialectic resulting in actualism and problematic metaphysical speculations. Consequently, as a metatheory it is unable to underlabour for robust theorization and critique, and as a worldview it is quintessentially western and illicitly universalizing. Politically this results in an insufficient and (...)
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  • Reclaiming Rational Theory Choice as Central: A Critique of Methodological Applications of Critical Realism.K. Robert Isaksen - 2016 - Journal of Critical Realism 15 (3):245-262.
    My central claim is that texts introducing and explaining critical realism focus on its ontological insights, and even though issues of judgemental rationality and theory choice are central to research these often become peripheral and/or are not stated in the way Bhaskar presented them. This claim is defended by comparing Bhaskar's statements and arguments about theory choice to texts introducing critical realism and its potential research implications. The method of rational theory choice and the key criterion for it are presented: (...)
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  • An Examination of Roy Bhaskar’s Critical Realism as a Basis for Educational Practice.Mehri Mirzaei Rafe, Khosrow Bagheri Noaparast, Afzal Sadat Hosseini & Narges Sajadieh - 2020 - Journal of Critical Realism 20 (1):56-71.
    This article is an up-dated version of Gordon Brown's ontological approach to education. It tests the hypothesis that Roy Bhaskar's critical realism can successfully underpin education by applying...
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  • Introduction to the Special Issue: Applied Critical Realism in the Social Sciences.Leigh Price & Lee Martin - 2018 - Journal of Critical Realism 17 (2):89-96.
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  • Integrating Knowledge Through Interdisciplinary Research: Problems of Theory and Practice.Leigh Price - 2016 - Journal of Critical Realism 15 (3):320-322.
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  • Critical Realist Versus Mainstream Interdisciplinarity.Leigh Price - 2014 - Journal of Critical Realism 13 (1):52-76.
    In this paper I argue for the superiority of a critical realist understanding of interdisciplinarity over a mainstream understanding of it. I begin by exploring the reasons for the failure of mainstream researchers to achieve interdisciplinarity. My main argument is that mainstream interdisciplinary researchers tend to hypostatize facts, fetishize constant conjunctions of events and apply to open systems an epistemology designed for closed systems. I also explain how mainstream interdisciplinarity supports oppression and gross inequality. I argue that mainstream interdisciplinarity is (...)
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  • Andrew Collier, Marxism and Emancipation.Leigh Price - 2020 - Journal of Critical Realism 19 (3):207-216.
    Volume 19, Issue 3, June 2020, Page 207-216.
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  • Learning Critical Realist Research by Example: Political Decision-Making in Transport.Steve Melia - 2020 - Journal of Critical Realism 19 (3):285-303.
    This article illustrates the process of applied critical realist research using a case study of political decision-making in transport. Critical realism is often used to analyse socio-political cha...
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  • The Meeting of Two Integrative Metatheories.Paul Marshall - 2012 - Journal of Critical Realism 11 (2):188-214.
    This paper examines the points of connection and divergence between critical realism/metaRealism and integral theory, suggesting ways in which they might interact and mutually enrich each other. It highlights the common ground that both metatheories share and also identifies the particular strengths and shortcomings of both, arguing that they stem, in part, from their different emphases: integral theory on individual emancipation and critical realism on social emancipation. It suggests that this different focus has led to different strengths in each that (...)
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  • Higher Education in a Post-Truth Era: Whose Agency is Triggered by a Focus on Employability?Mariangela Lundgren-Resenterra & Peter E. Kahn - 2020 - Journal of Critical Realism 19 (4):415-431.
    Employability has developed into a key component of the policies of higher education institutions worldwide, whereby students convert into consumers and knowledge morphs into a marketable co...
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  • The Symptomatology of Crises, Reading Crises and Learning From Them: Some Critical Realist Reflections.Bob Jessop - 2015 - Journal of Critical Realism 14 (3):238-271.
    This contribution considers the potential of critical realism to illuminate the nature of crises, crisis management, and crisis lessons. After reviewing key aspects of critical realism in general, the analysis notes the challenge of developing critical realism in particular by identifying appropriate entry-points and standpoints for the analysis of specific explananda. It then provides a general critical realist account of the nature of crises in the social world and of learning in, about, and from crisis. A key concept here is (...)
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  • Towards an Eco-Decolonial Museum Practice Through Critical Realism and Cultural Historical Activity Theory.Tom Jeffery - 2022 - Journal of Critical Realism 21 (2):170-195.
    Museum practice remains rooted in its historical ontology of nature-culture dualism. This article moves beyond this dualism by combining Bhaskar’s dialectical MELD schema with cultural historical a...
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  • Achieving Concrete Utopia Through Knowledge, Ethics and Transformative Learning.Trond Gansmo Jakobsen - 2018 - Journal of Critical Realism 17 (3):282-296.
    ABSTRACTRoy Bhaskar's concrete utopianism assumes that a key role for intellectuals, given the current precarious situation of humanity, is the envisaging of alternative possible futures, coherently grounded in the deep structure of what already exists, which includes what people already know and have. Without this grounding, people will not be able to make a persuasive case for change. With this grounding, and by combining the realism of the intellect with the optimism of the will, they may be able to usher (...)
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  • The Power of Absence: Dialectical Critical Realism, MetaRealism and Terrence W. Deacon’s Account of the Emergence of Ententionality.Mervyn Hartwig - 2013 - Journal of Critical Realism 12 (2):210 - 243.
    This essay calls attention to robust synergies between Roy Bhaskar’s philosophy of dialectical critical realism and Terrence W. Deacon’s recent investigation of the geo-historical emergence of ententional or teleological phenomena, as well as important differences. Deacon has independently arrived at an understanding of absence as causally efficacious in the emergence of life and consciousness, and deploys a range of other concepts that resonate with DCR. He develops a critique both of eliminativist and monovalent approaches to ententionality, on the one hand, (...)
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  • Bhaskar's Critique of the Philosophical Discourse of Modernity.Mervyn Hartwig - 2011 - Journal of Critical Realism 10 (4):485-510.
    Uniquely among contemporary philosophies, Roy Bhaskar’s system of critical realism attempts to sublate (draw out the real strengths of and surpass) the philosophical discourse of modernity considered as a dialectically developing totality. This paper systematically expounds and comments on Bhaskar’s metacritique of that discourse and situates it briefly in relation to Jürgen Habermas’s earlier critique.
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  • Thinking Like a Mountain: Encountering Nature as an Antidote to Humankind’s Hostility Towards the Earth.Trond Gansmo Jakobsen - 2018 - Journal of Critical Realism 18 (1):45-55.
    ABSTRACTPatric Baert suggests that ‘encountering difference’, as we might when immersing ourselves in new cultural settings, allows us to redescribe and reconceptualise ourselves, our culture and our surroundings. By so doing, individuals can learn to see themselves, their own culture and their own presuppositions from a different point of view. They can then contrast their interpretations with alternative forms of life; and this is a requirement both for learning about themselves and coming to understand others. There is evidence that such (...)
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  • Feminist Standpoints and Critical Realism. The Contested Materiality of Difference in Intersectionality and New Materialism.Elmar Flatschart - 2017 - Journal of Critical Realism 16 (3):284-302.
    ABSTRACTFeminist theory and critical realism should consolidate their collaboration since they have much in common. Nevertheless, feminist standpoint theory and critical realist ontology remain at odds, as extended debates have shown. I argue that this is because of the importance that feminism places on difference – which brings up the problem of relationality in a material way – and thus makes it hard to integrate into traditional critical realism. Dialectical critical realism contributes greatly to an understanding of relationality but lacks (...)
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  • The Place of Totality in Dialectical Critical Realism.Michael Bhaskar - 2013 - Journal of Critical Realism 12 (2):202 - 209.
    Originally presented to Roy Bhaskar’s postgraduate seminar at the Institute of Education, London, in 2012, this article situates and delineates the concept of totality and the cluster of related concepts in dialectical critical realism.
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  • Critical Realism and the Ontology of Persons.Roy Bhaskar - 2020 - Journal of Critical Realism 19 (2):113-120.
    In this article, Roy Bhaskar suggests how critical realism might facilitate the understanding of persons and improve their lives. He considers the implicit potentialities of persons and how they ca...
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  • Mainstreaming Education for Sustainable Development: Elaborating the Role of Position-Practice Systems Using Seven Laminations of Scale.Adesuwa Vanessa Agbedahin & Heila Lotz-Sisitka - 2019 - Journal of Critical Realism 18 (2):103-122.
    ABSTRACTThe United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 proposes that Education for Sustainable Development should be included at all levels of education, known as ‘mainstreaming’. Howeve...
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