Title

Authorizing Family Science: An Analysis of the Objectifying Practices of Family Science Discourse

Keywords

emotional transmission, knowledge, objectivity, scientific writing, theory

Abstract

Contemporary objectifying practices in family science discourse, grounded in an objectivist epistemological framework, often deauthorize the scientific text and fail to frame the constructs in an explicit argumentative and theoretical context. Such practices contribute to the marginalization of theory and the acceptance of insufficiently analyzed empirical claims about families. Adopting an alternative set of objectifying practices, grounded in a constructionist epistemological framework that aims to fully authorize and advance its knowledge claims in an open, self‐reflexive, argumentative process will invigorate the importance of theory in the field and promote the production of more empirically justifiable and scientific knowledge claims about families.

Original Publication Citation

Knapp, Stan J. 2002. “Authorizing Family Science: An Analysis of the Objectifying Practices of Family Science Discourse.” Journal of Marriage and Family 64: 1038-1048.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2004-02-19

Publisher

Journal of Marriage and Family

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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