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The new book ‘Pragmatic Inquiry’ examines a range of critical concepts that are central to a shift in the social sciences toward "pragmatic inquiry," reflecting a twenty-first century concern with particular problems and themes rather than grand theory. The book is aimed to expand and improve the analytical repertoires or toolkits available to social scientists. Together with the editors and contributors, we take a closer look at some of the concepts in the book.

Event details of Pragmatic Inquiry: How to research particular problems?
Date 31 May 2021
Time 14:00 -15:30

Olav Velthuis asks: how to grasp the everyday working of markets? Giselinde Kuipers will speak about ‘Qualification’. Editors and contributors Anita Hardon and Jan Willem Duyvendak will speak about the application of pragmatic inquiry in the social sciences, as well as touch upon their chapters ‘Caring’ and ‘Making home’.

About the book

The book demonstrates a shared commitment to using analytical concepts for empirical exploration and a general orientation to research that favors an attention to objects, techniques, and practices.

About the speakers

Jan Willem Duyvendak is Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam and Director of The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Anita Hardon is Professor in Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam, where she also leads the interdisciplinary research priority area Global Health.

Giselinde Kuipers is Research Professor of Sociology at the KULeuven, Belgium

Olav Velthuis is Professor at the Department of Sociology of the University of Amsterdam, specializing in economic sociology, sociology of the arts and cultural sociology.