Change, difference and processes

I have been pondering, in the back of my mind, the relationship between conceptions of ‘change’ and ‘difference’, and whether ambiguity as to what counts as being the same/ different is part of the frustrations offered by ‘procedures’.

  • For a change to have occurred things have to have become ‘different’, if they are the same then nothing has changed.
  • For a procedure to work you have to know what situations count as the same for implementing the same procedure.

These might not be particularly interesting points in their own right (and I certainly have no plans to mention them to my supervisor unless she explicitly asks be about keywords I am thinking with at the moment), but I think research and policy interventions into the social world are often very much about making decisions about what counts as being the same enough to come up with general accounts.

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