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Notes on Methodology

October 7, 2012 Leave a comment

This is just a reflection on constructive ways to make an argument. Start by outlining the problem, then briefly outline the theoretical solution. (lit review can go here). But most people learn by reading how the approach is applied, in fact the application will contain nuance that is missed in the theory and as a form of practice is far more instructive. in application, if possible provide more than one case at more than one scale. That is show how the theory works in an isolated simple level, (for example cultural explanations as pertains to individual) then scale up to the larger cases. This should make explaining the case you are making clearer.

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Perspective and Reflexivity

October 2, 2012 Leave a comment

When I read a text which states: so and so policy is disadvantageous to the developing world. Or particularly disadvantages the developing world. I automatically assume that the normative statement being made is a critical one. But this does not have to be so, it could be a statement guiding insidious policy. The other point is that someone who doesn’t identify as being from the developing world will not approach the text and its implied normative statements in the same way. If for them the developing world is somewhere else, the statement will not have the same immediacy in the same way as it does for me. But that is being too broad perhaps, because in the developed world there are a lot of perspectives and not just a single one. Still when it comes to a statement like this I think that it would not be controversial to suggest that the main line is between developed and developing as symbolic concepts that are used to understand self identity.