Dialectic Critical Realism: Grounded Values and Reflexivity in Social Science Research

  title={Dialectic Critical Realism: Grounded Values and Reflexivity in Social Science Research},
  author={Christopher Adam Bagley and Alice Akoshia Ayikaaley Sawyerr and Mahmoud Abubaker},
  journal={Advances in Applied Sociology},
Critical realism emerged from the philosophical writings of Roy Bhaskar, and has evolved into a philosophy of social science research using the model of “dialectical critical realism” (DCR) which begins with the researcher’s assumptions that the structures being researched have a real, ontological grounding which is independent of the researcher. This approach has proved fruitful in British and European social science research, but has had less influence in North America. We outline DCR’s four… 
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