Research for Social Change – 12 Points

Economics in action

My experience, both academic and practical, informs that the research which is aimed at social change should have certain specific characteristics. The purpose of this essay is to highlight these features.

  1. There should be an ideological interest in or commitment to social change

People who are not that exposed to social sciences may presume that almost all social scientists have an interest in social change. This is not at all correct in the current context. There are many people who are against development or a progressive social change. There can be different reasons. Social change has impacts, and some of these are not so desirable such as the environmental damage, and this makes certain soft-hearted people averse to any kind of change. They are somewhat lazy intellectually, to think about (and hence they do not accept) the possibility of bringing about changes by enhancing positive impacts while reducing the negative…

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