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2007-12-06 - Meaningful action o Primary difficult is that...

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Meaningful action o Primary difficult is that subjective meaning is presumably located in peoples minds – inaccessibility of mental states Therefore they are unobservable Behavior you can observe But what you cannot observe is what goes on idside someones mind o One response is that since these states are inaccessible they are not legitimate topics for scientific observation So a behaviorist ignores mental state including subjective meaning and to rely exclusively on observable physical behavior The response of the survey researcher is to take responses to questions as reliable indication of mental states The difficulty with this is that such responses may or may not be reliable they may or may not be truthful The responses given to a survey researcher are at least in part subject to the social forces of the encounter The interview is a n encounter is in many cases a face2face interaction and what transpires in that face2face interaction influences the responses that are give to the questions o The third possible response is the ethnographer or participant observer
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