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Sociologie et sociétés
Recentrer l’analyse causale? Visages de la causalité en
sciencessociales et recherche qualitativeRecentering Causal
Analysis? Faces of Causality in the SocialSciences and Qualitative
ResearchAlvaro P. PIRES
La construction des donnéesVolume 25, Number 2, automne 1993
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Publisher(s)Les Presses de l'Université de Montréal
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Cite this articlePIRES, A. P. (1993). Recentrer l’analyse
causale? Visages de la causalité ensciences sociales et recherche
qualitative. Sociologie et sociétés, 25 (2),
Article abstractThis paper presents the hidden face of language
on causality in the socialsciences an shows that we are producing "
causal analyses " even when we arenot immediately conscious of the
fact. Further, the paper calls attention to anew representation of
causal thought which emphasizes the search for " causalpowers " in
social relations and on the fact that qualitative
researchcontributes in recentring conventional causal analysis.
This new conception isthus to be found, paradoxically, at the
intersection between philosophies whichare presented as being
opposed, particularly " realism " and " constructivism ".On the
way, it is seen how dirrerent types of causal statements are forms
ofmeaning construction, which brings us to recognize, among other
things, the "incompleteness " of all causal analysis and the role
of creating meaning of theprefered theoretical framework.