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Situated InterventionSociological Experiments in Health Care$
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Teun Zuiderent-Jerak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029384

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029384.001.0001

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Conclusion

Conclusion

Situated Intervention and the Ethics of Specificity

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(p.177) Conclusion
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Situated Intervention
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Teun Zuiderent-Jerak

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029384.003.0007

The conclusion returns to the questions raised in the introduction and to the consequences of situated intervention research for the normativity of sociological scholarship. It argues that sociologists do not face a normative deficit in the practices they study, but have to find new ways of dealing with a normative surfeit, to which they have to relate their own sociological attachments. The strength of situated intervention in elucidating this normative complexity proves fruitful for coming to an ethics of specificity. Such an ethics turns a more flexible normativity not into a normative vacuum for sociology, but into a healthy practice of adopting its sociological responses to the practices studied. In this way sociology not only has more to offer to the practices it studies, but also more to learn from it.

Keywords:   Normativity, Normative deficit, Normative surfeit, Attachment, Ethics of specifitity, Healthy research

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