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Theory, Models, and Metaphors
Theory, models, and metaphors

This chapter is devoted to an examination of theory and theoretical method in the study of the family. It addresses many of the details about explanation, logical form, and propositional statements left unaddressed in the previous chapter. However, the structure of this chapter needs a little explanation.

This chapter begins with a discussion of models and metaphors based on and extending the work by Black (1962). The principal reason for beginning with this is that I believe the key to understanding theory and its diverse functions in family studies is to view it through the bifocal lens of models and metaphors. Recall that in Chapter 1 of this book I agreed with Turner's assessment that the theory constructionists of ...

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