SOCIALTHEORYEXAMPLES

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“REAL” SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY EXAMPLE 1: APPLICATION OF A MERTONIAN APPROACH
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Whatever happened to middle-range theory? Ray Pawson ISS Stockholm 2005 (edited by Paul McFarlane)
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So RKM, what is MRT? “Theories that lie between the minor but necessary working hypotheses that evolve in abundance during day-to-day research and the all-inclusive systematic efforts to develop a unified theory that will explain all the observed uniformities of social behaviour, social organization and social change.” (Merton, 1968, p. 39)
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1 . Sufficiently abstract to deal with different spheres of social behaviour and social structure, so that they transcend sheer description or empirical generalisation’. Middle levels of abstraction (e.g. ‘SIN’ – ‘7 Deadly Types’ – X’s Pasta Cravings) Limited ‘conceptual ranges’ – ‘reference groups’, ‘ anomie’, ‘social control’ NOT middle (institutional/group) layer of society (can have MRT about conversational opening AND societal transformations).
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2. ‘Limited
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