Exploring reality through new lenses

The informal essay as a an academic genre

  • Bengt Engan

Abstract

Can the essay genre used in education and reserarch provide new options for describing reality? This genre has already obtained a strong position in philosophy, in which it has proven to be appraopriate when dealing with “the far too big and the far too small questions”. But what about the essay as a supplement to – or even a replacement for – traditonal descriptions within social science in higher education?

Author Biography

Bengt Engan

Assistant Professor
University of Nordland
Norway
Email: Bengt.Engan@uin.no

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Published
2006-04-03
How to Cite
Engan, B. (2006). Exploring reality through new lenses: The informal essay as a an academic genre. Journal of Comparative Social Work, 1(1), 21 - 26. https://doi.org/10.31265/jcsw.v1i1.21
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