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The Art of Social Theory$
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Richard Swedberg

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155227

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155227.001.0001

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Practical Exercises

Practical Exercises

(p.146) Chapter 7 Practical Exercises
The Art of Social Theory

Richard Swedberg

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the role of practical exercises in teaching students how to theorize. The goal of exercises in theorizing is to help students to become skilled in theorizing and to acquire confidence in their skill. It is a skill that draws on a practical know-how of how to theorize, in combination with knowledge of social science. The chapter then explores two types of exercises: those that the reader can do himself/herself, and those that can be used to teach theorizing to students. Currently, established exercises in theorizing do not exist. What does exist, however, is a small number of suggestive exercises that have been developed by social scientists interested in their students doing creative work.

Keywords:   practical exercises, theorizing, social science, creative work

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