Collective Action, Social Learning and Transdisciplinary Research
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Introduction: the pillars of social innovation research and practice
This part discusses the philosophical orientations, epistemologic stances and the role of the meta-theories of societal change which have proven most appropriate to the production of knowledge in analytical and empirical work on social innovation (SI). Its purpose is to provide a proposal to advance this work. In the first chapter of this part, Novy, Habersack and Schaller make a strong argument in favour of transdisciplinarity as the epistemological stance best suited to knowledge production, in particular in the analysis and promotion of social innovation; in doing so they also anticipate several theoretical positions presented in the following chapters. The argument is based on several propositions: first, the complexity of social problems and the highly disputed and recursive definition of their nature in contemporary societies make it necessary to take into account the plurality of both life-worlds and scientific definitions of problems.
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