Chance and Probability: The Limitations of the Social Sciences

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  • Author :R.E.S. Tanner
  • Year of Publication :2011
  • ISBN: :9788180697296
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XVI, 342
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Philosophy, Sociology

About the Book :

This is a study of the methodological limitations of the social sciences and its presumptions of social order and that statistics are a dead end in the understandings of behaviour. It covers the dominance of individualism and of nurture over nature. The fact that chance is a major factor in what is available to researchers. In estimating future behaviour probabilities are assessed in the context of the limitations of rationality.

About Author :

Ralph Tanner has a B.Sc. and Diploma in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and a D.Phil in Law from Stockholm University. He has done fieldwork in Thailand, the Philippines, Guyana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya as well as in Britain and Eire. He was Chairman of the East African Institute of Social Research and a Lecturer in Comparative Religion in the University of London. He has published books on Murder in Uganda, Witchcraft Killings and Religious Change in Tanzania, the Roman Catholic Mass, contemporary religious change and co-authored two books on the biology of religion, two on the recreation of tribal identity and religious change and another on religion and the environment. He has written numerous articles on the social aspects of religious change, translation and language use, as well as on behavioural theories in the Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa, Journal of Social Sciences, Nordic Journal of African Studies, Anthropos and Studia Missionalia and others. He is currently working on the issues involved in social science fieldwork in developing societies by nationals and non-nationals and the connections between spirituality, well-being and health.