Magazine
Latest Issue

The indispensability of social science

Academic work can be impenetrable but good social science still brings vital knowledge into the public realm

By Christopher Grey  

Photo: Pixabay

Every day, in universities across the world, social scientists research and debate matters of significant public concern. Every day, too, those matters are discussed by politicians, journalists and the public.

Yet there is a disturbing disconnect between the specialist and non-specialist camps. The faults lie on both sides. Social scientists are often too preoccupied with theory and methodology, tend to write gracelessly, and can be pathologically averse to taking a stance. Non-academics can be impatient readers, reluctant to engage with complexity, and unrealistic about what social science…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect