Research & Theory

  • The Nature of Human Brain Work

    An Introduction to Dialectics

    By Joseph Dietzgen and Larry Gambone     July 2010

    Called by Marx “The Philosopher of Socialism,” Joseph Dietzgen was a pioneer of dialectical materialism and a fundamental influence on anarchist and socialist thought who we would do well not to forget.

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  • Research Is Ceremony

    Indigenous Research Methods

    By Shawn Wilson     September 2008

    Indigenous researchers are knowledge seekers who work to progress Indigenous ways of being, knowing and doing in a modern and constantly evolving context. This book describes a research paradigm shared by Indigenous scholars in Canada and Australia, and demonstrates how this paradigm can be put into practice. Relationships don’t just shape Indigenous reality, they are our reality. Indigenous researchers develop relationships with ideas in order to achieve enlightenment in the ceremony that is Indigenous research. Indigenous research is the ceremony of maintaining accountability to these relationships. For researchers to be accountable to all our relations, we must make careful choices in our selection of topics, methods of data collection, forms of analysis and finally in the way we present information. I’m an Opaskwayak Cree from northern Manitoba currently living in the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales, Australia. I’m also a father of three boys, a researcher, son, uncle, teacher, world traveller, knowledge keeper and knowledge seeker. As an educated Indian, I’ve spent much of my life straddling the Indigenous and academic worlds. Most of my time these days is spent teaching other Indigenous knowledge seekers (and my kids) how to accomplish this balancing act while still keeping both feet on the ground.

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  • Research Ethics and the Internet

    Negotiating Canada’s Tri-Council Policy Statement

    By Heather A. Kitchin Dahringer     January 2007

    Kitchin helps readers pick their way through the minefield that stands in the way of all who seek to find clarity as to the ethics of Internet research. The Internet poses new challenges to researchers, and the author clearly discusses these challenges in all their complexity. Issues of copyright, privacy and ethical use of Internet materials loom large. Kitchin analyzes contradictions between the federal Tri- Council Policy Statement and university-based research ethics boards and offers a simple solution to policy makers who grapple with the ethics of internet research.

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  • Nanotechnology

    New Promises, New Dangers

    By Toby Shelley     January 2006

    Buckyballs. Quantum dots. Golden triangles. Organic light-emitting diodes. Welcome to the world of nanotechnology–the engineering of new materials and new products at the infinitesimally small, or nano, scale. Virtually every large corporation now has a nanotechnology operation. The US government is putting in serious investment. Huge promises are held out in the fields of medicine, energy, computing. But there is little public debate, no regulatory framework and little research into the health, environmental or safety implications. This book explains the fast moving world of the new technology and who controls it. It explores the potential consequences for individuals, the environment and relations between the powers. Nanotechnology could bridge or widen the gap between rich and poor–this is the political decision that civil society must address.

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  • Sociology for Changing the World

    Social Movements/Social Research

    Edited by Caelie Frampton, Gary Kinsman, AK Thompson and Kate Tilleczek     January 2006

    This book for activists and researchers on building connections between social movements and social research sets out practical ways activists can map the social relations of struggle they are engaged in and produce knowledge for more effective forms of activism for changing the world. Grounded in political activist ethnography, this work does not see social movements as “objects” to be studied from the outside. Rather they are to be analyzed from the standpoint of insiders’ knowledge and based on the daily struggles the social movements are engaged in. Sociology for Changing the World allows people to learn how to do sociology for social transformation.

  • The Socialist Register 2006

    Telling the Truth

    Edited by Colin Leys and Leo Panitch     January 2006

    How do people acquire knowledge and understanding of the world they are in? Who has access to the resources and maps facilitating research and debate? How is power mobilised to shape ideas and ideologies? Socialist Register 2006 considers contemporary debate, policy-making, research, education, and scientific practice generally as it relates to the role of the state in intellectual life, the press and the media.

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  • Inference and Persuasion

    An Introduction to Logic and Critical Reasoning

    By Leslie Armour and Richard Feist     December 2004

    The central concern of Inference and Persuasion is logic and how becoming better informed about logic ultimately brings more autonomy to thinkers. Part one considers the relationships between reasoning, thought and the world. Becoming clearer about the nature of reasoning, the book stresses, helps to free us. But the logic one chooses must be defended as much as any other body of belief. Unlike standard critical thinking texts, Inference and Persuasion investigates the problems involved in such justifications. Part two is devoted to a consideration of standard logics, including Aristotle’s and modern mathematical, as well as lesser known logics such John Dewey’s and Hegel’s. The goal is to show that the problems of logic are alive and well, not long-settled. Part three discusses how logic and belief relate to one another and offers a non-traditional perspective on the traditional fallacies. The final section considers logic within the context of various academic disciplines. A key point is to show that the ways in which we reason about the world presuppose much about that world.

  • Language and Hegemony in Gramsci

    By Peter Ives     January 2004

    Language and Hegemony in Gramsci demonstrates how Gramsci’s writings on language illuminate his entire social and political thought. It documents Gramsci’s concern with language from his university studies in linguistics, where he initially derived his famous concept of hegemony, to his last prison notebook.

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  • Arguing With Numbers

    Statistics for the Social Sciences

    By Paul Gingrich and Victor Thiessen     December 2001

    This book focuses on both constructing-and demolishing-arguments based on numbers. It brings a fresh approach to the study of statistics, one which will have students asking for more rather than avoiding the next statistics course. A Student Workbook is also available.

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  • Up in Nipigon Country

    Anthropology as a Personal Experience

    By Edward J. Hedican     December 2000

    Fieldwork, once regarded as an essential pillar of social anthropology, has come under attack, especially from the post-modern school. Hedigan argues that for many in the discipline, an anthropology without fieldwork would appear to be a hollow, meaningless experience, devoid of its central epistemological value. This book, drawing on the author’s fieldwork experience among Ojibwa people in Northern Ontario, explores post-modernism’s critique of fieldwork and fieldwork’s contribution to modern anthropology.