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

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganization 2666 : Literary Troubling, Undoing and Refusal
EditorsChristian De Cock, Damian O'Doherty, Christian Huber, Sine N. Just
Number of pages17
Place of PublicationWeisbaden
PublisherSpringer Fachmedien Wiesbaden
Publication date2020
Pages45-61
Chapter3
ISBN (Print)9783658296490
ISBN (Electronic)9783658296506
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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Ossandón, J. (2020). Reading as Theorizing: A Conjecture Based on the Savage Detectives’ Mode of Inquiry. In C. De Cock, D. O'Doherty, C. Huber, & S. N. Just (Eds.), Organization 2666: Literary Troubling, Undoing and Refusal (pp. 45-61). Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-29650-6_3