Unformatted text preview: • Interaction: reciprocal communication between people. • Symbol: Language or gesture that has more than one possible meaning. • Life history: research technique that compares the life stories of individuals. • Social Structure: repeated patterns of behavior that come to constrain individuals • Science: a logical system that bases knowledge on direct systematic observation • Empirical evidence: observed evidence, information we are able to verify with our senses. • Concept: a mental construct that represents some part of society through in simplified form. • Variable: concept whose value changes from case to case • Measurement: determining the value of a variable in a specific case. • Operationalizing a variable: specifying exactly what is to be measured in assigning a value to a variable...
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This note was uploaded on 05/31/2008 for the course SOCIOLOGY 001 taught by Professor Lovaglia during the Fall '07 term at University of Iowa.
- Fall '07