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Mapping Paradigms of Social Sciences: Application of Network Analysis

P. 235-253.

In this paper, we propose to utilize the methods of network analysis to analyze the relationship between various elements that constitute any particular research in social sciences. Four levels that determine a design of the research can be established: ontological and epistemological assumptions that determine what is the reality under the study and how can we obtain the knowledge about it; a general methodological frame that defines the object of the study and a spectrum of research questions we are allowed to pose; and, finally, a list of methods that we might use in order to get answers. All these levels are interrelated, sometimes in very confusing way. We propose to extract a preliminary set of relations between various elements from textbooks on methodology of social and political sciences and to visualize and analyze their relations using network analytic methods.