The Cardinal Call for Soft Science Nous Today: Interpretive / Qualitative Acumen UNDER Our Encountered Epistemological Maelstrom
In recent decades, social science research methodologies have changed considerably, perhaps in small but important ways in which received 'orthodox science' / 'conventional scientistic approaches' are tickled or nuanced to bring favoured methods into alignment with the freshened outlooks of so called 'postmoderm', 'postcolonial', or 'postdisciplinary' conceptual climates of today. These changes have principally occurred on account of the demand for researchers around the world to learn how to 'survive' amongst the epistemological uncertainties (and the ontological blindnesses!) of having to encounter not only new-to-them knowledges but fresh / confident / rebellious expressions of being and becoming. Sometimes, the changes of late decades (since the 1980s) have actually constituted tall and / or strident breaks with the old 'proper' and 'designated' laws of neutral / detached / universalised scientific inquiry, and some emergent tenets of social science research have witnessed substantive shifts in practice.