University of New Mexico Research Professor and author Michael Agar discusses his book "Un-Science: The Arrested Development of Human Social Research" as part of the Qualitative Cafe Brown Bag, Thursday, Nov. 10 from 12 - 2 p.m. at the College of Nursing, room 252, located on north campus.

Agar presents the argument that the recent "qualitative boom" has become disconnected with the intellectual history of human social research. The first point of his argument looks at examples of foundational concepts that differentiate human social science from the larger science category. The second point looks for ways to accommodate these differences while preserving the importance of evidence, logic and falsability. The third point looks at the nature of data construction. Additional ideas and arguments will be addressed, time permitting.

Agar, Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland College Park, received his Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. He works independently at Ethknoworks, LLC and has multiple research positions at universities both in the U.S. and internationally.  

A draft of the first chapter of "Un-Science" is available at

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