"This book deals with a fundamental question of social science - how is scientific knowledge of social life possible? And with a related problem - why does such knowledge still seem impossible, despite 200 years of intellectual effort?
Through a critical discussion of the work of Peter Winch, in particular his critique of Max Weber and orthodox sociology and Evans-Pritchard's classic study of Azande witchcraft, the author claims that it is possible to develop a critical understanding of social processes. He goes on to demonstrate that a good example of this understanding is provided by Marx's critique of political economy.
This lively and provocative book brings a new perspective to bear on a central issue in sociology and the philosophy of social science." (Description from the book's cover.)