Social desire paths: a new theoretical concept to increase the usability of social science research in society

  title={Social desire paths: a new theoretical concept to increase the usability of social science research in society},
  author={Laura Nichols},
  journal={Theory and Society},
  • Laura Nichols
  • Published 6 September 2014
  • Sociology, Economics
  • Theory and Society
Social scientists are well-trained to observe and chart social trends, but less experienced at presenting scientific findings in formats that can inform social change work. In this article, I propose a new theoretical concept that provides a mechanism by which social science research can be more effectively applied for proactive policy, organizational, and program development. The approach is to use the metaphor of “desire paths” from landscape architecture to show how social scientists can… 

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