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date: 17 June 2019

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This article outlines the methodology of a long-standing and highly influential perspective closely associated with CMS: critical theory. In doing so, it uses critical theory as a heuristic foil against which comparisons with other key methodological stances within the CMS umbrella will be made, notably: feminism; critical realism; and various forms of postmodernism. An attempt is made to map and explain some of the methodological continuities and divergences that arise. In pursuing these objectives the article begins by outlining the philosophical commitments embraced by critical theory. This is because, while one cannot avoid making philosophical commitments in undertaking any research, any philosophical commitment can be simultaneously contested.

Keywords: CMS, critical theory, feminism, critical realism, postmodernism, philosophical commitment

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