2007-08-30 - Classical Sociological Theory 1 What is...

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Classical Sociological Theory 1. What is a “classic”? a. Used in variety of ways i. Music, latin, etc. b. They are rare i. To have classic status is to have exceptional status c. No work is born a classic i. When a word appears it does not become a classic ii. It takes time d. Classical work is a exceptional status that is confirmed and it takes time e. Is a work that is never exhausted or finished i. One is never done with it ii. Continues to attract attention iii. Continues raise important question iv. Debate, discussions and controversy v. Continues to Attract attention over time 1. the longer the time, the rarer that classic is vi. a work that one can never surpass 1. it is not read and finished with it 2. it is a work that cannot be exhausted and attracts attention vii. the same is applied to classic social theory viii. classics are not dead, very much alive ix. triggers a lot of subsequent work 1. a lot of commentary 2. a lot of historical work 3. for each classical work, a hundred or a thousand refer to it x. rare, acquired status f. a classic becomes a model of how work in a certain area should be done i. a model or exemplar of how a work should be done in a certain field ii. Such a model or exemplar is called a paradigm iii. Classics are paradigms of how research should be done iv. These paradigms are from Thomas Kuhn 1. a science, any science, is on a paradigm 2. such paradigms determine how research in a field is to be carried out 3. the paradigm defines what the important questions are in a particular field a. what methods should be chosen b. what counts as a solution c. standards of competent research 4. holds together a scientific community a. a paradigm hold the community together and holds its identitity
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b. one can not be welcomed in unless they have the familiarity and work according to the paradigm
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This note was uploaded on 04/18/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Fuchs during the Spring '07 term at UVA.

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2007-08-30 - Classical Sociological Theory 1 What is...

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