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Harter's Precept: Review of The Social Misconstruction of Reality: Validity and Verification in the Scholarly Community

Johnson, Phillip E.

Date Written:  15/05/1997
Year Published:  1997  
Resource Type:  Article

Hamilton gives three major examples of erroneous theses that gained the status of fact in social science despite the absence of evidentiary support: (1) Max Weber's thesis that the Protestant Ethic spurred the advance of capitalism; (2) the widely accepted thesis that Hitler's main electoral support came from the lower middle classes (the despised petit bourgeoisie of Marxism); and (3) Michel Foucault's thesis that the modern prison evolved not as a more humane alternative to the cruel physical punishments of earlier centuries, but as part of a wide-ranging scheme by sinister forces to enforce a pervasive social conformity.


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