Reading as Theorizing: A Conjecture Based on the Savage Detectives’ Mode of Inquiry

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In this essay, readings from three different areas are made to intersect in order to produce a conjecture. The frst area is social-scientifc methods and in particular recent discussion on theorizing. The second area is a sub-tradition that inspects crime and detective fction as a refection on social scientifc research. The third type of readings are literary analyses of detective fction. The conjecture is that a book of fction—Roberto Bolaño’s The Savage Detectives— can be used to think about a surprisingly unnoticed moment in discussions on social scientifc theorization, namely the role of reading. New ideas in social science often require a self-genealogical work. When making new theories, social researchers need to read their antecessors in order to situate their work so it can actually make sense as a social scientifc contribution. The fctionalized inquiry presented in The Savage Detectives can be read as a refection on this specifc theorizing operation.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelOrganization 2666 : Literary Troubling, Undoing and Refusal
RedaktørerChristian De Cock, Damian O'Doherty, Christian Huber, Sine N. Just
Antal sider17
UdgivelsesstedWiesbaden
ForlagSpringer VS
Publikationsdato2020
Sider45-61
Kapitel3
ISBN (Trykt)9783658296490
ISBN (Elektronisk)9783658296506
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2020

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