Health Care Analysis 6 (1):65-71 (1998)

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ConclusionWe remain perplexed why Loughlin and Pritchard chose to single out our study on lay views of mental health as a basis for attacking relativism generally within social science. We consider that political, epistemological and health policy grounds for a social scientific consideration of lay knowledge are so strong that they negate naïve objectivist critiques which appearl to the reason and thus reasonableness of professional knowledge. Reason and rationality, like reality, are not singular, clear cut and self-evident. Accordingly, it is the responsibility of social scientists to explore the ambiguities and complexities of knowledge held and enacted by a whole range of social groups.
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DOI 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1042(199803)6:1<65::AID-HCA251>3.0.CO;2-9
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