Ciencia social desde y para la academia: la marginación de las metodologías participativas de investigación
Javier Bassi, Javier
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The documents –created within social sciences faculties– that specify the requirements for thesis proposals are aimed at legislating scientific practice by declaring what is expected from such proposals. On those documents a variable set of normative demands –that de facto work as “criterion of demarcation”– is specified. Therefore, such requirements preconfigure what proposals –hence, a part of scientific practice– can be, excluding their counter-normative versions, controlling what is likely to turn into a “finding” and, ultimately, constructing a given version of the world (Gilbert y Mulkay, 1984; Rorty, 2001; Woolgar, 1991). The requirements made today at most social sciences faculty centres in Chile assume that key decisions during the research process should be made within faculties and by researchers alone. Those requirements are, therefore, incompatible with participative methods such as action research and systematization of practices. Such an incompatibility derives in the shadowing and exclusion of those methods from scientific practices.