SOC 101- Lecture 6

SOC 101- Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 "Science is united by its...

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Lecture 6 “Science is united by its methods.” The goal of science that sociology shares is inference. We are attempting to make generalizations of what we study. We don’t just study things for their own sake. We study them to understand more general phenomenon. We try to make generalizations of a population by finding a representative sample. There is a personal generalization from the standard of our own experience. Many works of sociology are put out in a speculative way. Some of the most successful are not tested but written in a manner that relates to people. Third way. The mosaic of generalizablilty. Life is a mosaic, and each piece contributes to the general picture. Fourth generalizability- theoretical. These are theories constructed. In Sidewalk, Professor tried to reconstruct the theory “eyes and ears are what we need on the street” We can make a generalization with using the whole population. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Mitchellduneier,devahpager during the Fall '07 term at Princeton.

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SOC 101- Lecture 6 - Lecture 6 "Science is united by its...

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