Anthony Giddens on the value of Social Science

A contentious claim towards the end of his talk: it’s not enough to quote isolated examples about the impact of social science, we need systematic data. What do you think? Impact is a hugely contentious issue, particularly when construed in reductively economic terms, nontheless perhaps making a case for social science necessitates some way of measuring the effects it has outside the academy. Does this measurement necessarily have to be quantitative? Could social, political and cultural impact somehow be measured? Is the whole notion of measurement itself problematic?

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  1. Giddens is perhaps not in the best position to make claims about how social science can contribute to society.

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