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Theorizing Nationalism without delay addresses the normative dimensions of nationalism. many of the subject matters it discusses are the next no matter if there's a "right" to collective self-determination, the connection among nationalism and modernity, no matter if nationalism and liberalism could be reconciled, even if there's a theoretically valid contrast among so-called civic and ethnic models of nationalism, and the "existential" popularity of nationalism.

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To repeat, the reason for proceeding in this manner is to get information that is as detailed and precise as possible about a phenomenon before beginning to theorize it. Another argument for self-observation is the existence of secrets and private experiences. Some of the things one lives through are next to impossible to communicate, including certain religious experiences and some types of mental illness. Neither do people divulge their innermost secrets. But having insight into yourself makes it easier to get a sense for what people want to keep hidden.

In the next two sections I suggest that to develop a competence in theorizing, one does well to initially follow some basic rules and then go from there. I also try to outline what some of these rules or steps may look like. The Full Research Process (The Prestudy and the Main Study) Phase 1: The Prestudy or The Theorizing and Early Discovery Phase —Observe and Then Choose Something Interesting or Surprising to Study —Name the Phenomenon and Formulate the Central Concept —Build Out the Theory —Complete the Tentative Theory, Including the Explanation Phase 2: The Main Study or The Phase of Major Research and Justification —Draw up the Research Design —Execute the Research Design —Write Up the Results 12 Richard Swedberg Observation Dr.

What is more important is to try to come up with new social mechanisms—that is, new ways of explaining what takes place in a highly transparent manner. With the help of a mechanism one should be able to see exactly how C leads to D leads to E. The general goal in science of creating clarity is closely related to the idea of social mechanisms (Peirce 1992a: 124–41; Weber 1946: 151).  Let every man be his own methodologist; let every man be his own theorist; let theory and method again become part of the practice of a craft.

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