I think that there is great power in the particular and in an artful approach to the particular based in staying with your senses and not knowing. For me, it is the great lesson that the arts have to offer the social sciences – that we can embrace subjectivity, contextuality and all the peculiarities of the particular and in doing so, offer insights that are deeper, more universal and more useful than any social science scale, silly or not.
Taylor, Steven S.
"Silly Social Science Scales: Embracing the Particular,"
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