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Towards social holism: social innovation, holistic research methodology and pragmatic collective action

Moulaert, F. and Mehmood, Abid 2014. Towards social holism: social innovation, holistic research methodology and pragmatic collective action. In: Silva, Elisabete A., Healey, Patsy, Harris, Neil Robert and Van den Broeck, Pieter eds. The Routledge Handbook of Planning Research Methods: A Case-Based Guide to Research Design, New York, NY: Routledge, pp. 97-106.

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Abstract

This chapter offers social holism as an ethically aware approach to research methods in social sciences. Whereas social innovation is about improving social relations, spatial planning has a primary focus on the transformative change. A holistic research methodology in this respect helps understand common themes, patterns and conditions of existence, as well as features of social interaction and change across different sectors and communities in a society. Pragmatism as an overarching philosophy helps with reflexive interpretation of cultural and institutional contexts. Social holism, therefore, emerges as a research methodology that gives due regards to the complexity of social relations, interaction between the agents of change, and the improvement of human well being, and envisions a better future.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780415727952
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/65114

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