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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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The Art of Social Theory

Richard Swedberg

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter summarizes the general approach to theorizing in this book. This approach may be referred to as creative theorizing. What first and foremost characterizes it is the argument that a distinct space must be assigned to theorizing in the research process. This goes for the prestudy as well as the main study. A second distinctive feature of creative theorizing is that it represents a deliberate attempt to shift the main focus from theory to theorizing. A third distinctive feature is that theorizing draws on a number of different types of thinking, feeling, and going about things that are currently mainly studied in cognitive science. The chapter then argues that theorizing is not something that can be done only by exceptionally gifted individuals, but something that anyone can learn how to do.

Keywords:   theorizing, creative theorizing, research process, theory, cognitive science, social science

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