Analyzing Political Mythologies

by on Thursday, 22 February 2007 Comments
That the social sciences do not deal only or even primarily with “hard facts” should go without saying. Social sciences, however, like other related disciplines, show a tendency towards oversimplifying and systematizing so as to give their premises a more “scientific” outlook. As a way of introducing this paper, let us remember that the social sciences intermingle the study of objective data with the investigation of feelings, ideas and representations. The researcher will have to pass restlessly from one pole to another: realities expressed through quantifiable data such as income distribution, educational level or family patterns interact with the collective psyche and values in a way which makes unidimensional causal or functional analyses simply irrelevant. “Society” appears somewhere at the intersection of economics, culture and whatever field we might decide to include in the rather loose definition of human sciences.

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