I share the claim of the philosophy of science that research methods are inevitable in the creation of adequate knowledge. However, it is unproductive to overemphasis universalistic features of research methods. This paper argues that research methods are to be taken only as analytical tools in creating realistic knowledge sociologists and other intellectuals alike are expected to be creative. The awareness that methodology, research methods, and sociologists alike are socially constructed has been growing since the end of the twentieh century. This has been due to, amongst others, the emergence of sociology of knowledge, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies.
|Journal||Indonesian Social Science Review|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|