“Scientificity” of Social Research: Its Challenges and Implications
This paper intends to investigate into the adequacy, challenges and implications of social research that is based on scientific approach. It originates from two basic questions. Firstly, is scientific criteria of social research adequate to contribute to the construction of an holistic Social Sciences? Secondly, what are the challenges and implications of the “scientificity” of the Social Sciences? In general, the concentration of the mainstream social research has been more on the scientific perspective. Observable facts, proven evidences, empirical and measurable evidences are the main manifestations of this scientific perspective. Such a “scientificity” has been developed through conventional research methodology. The problem is, could social research be an holistic research methodology only by concentrating on the scientific realm? If intangible realm such as spirituality is included, is the conventional research methodology posesses adequate tools of analysis in understanding the intangibles? This paper intends to answer these questions and observe the challenges and implications faced by the scientific perspective. For these purposes, a textual analysis will be adopted. It will be shown that scientificity of social research is not a sufficient way to understand an holistic Social Sciences. It is based on some of the challenges such as for instance the question of how to observe the unseen, and quantifying the unquantifiable. From the challenges, it will cause certain implications that will be discussed in this paper.
This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License
Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies ISSN 2281 3993(Print) ISSN 2281-4612(Online)
Copyright © MCSER-Mediterranean Center of Social and Educational Research
To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'mcser.org' domain to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', check your 'bulk mail' or 'junk mail' folders..