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1 © 2007 David Schweingruber The Nature of Social Research/ The Sociology of Monuments Sept. 10, 2007 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2007 David Schweingruber The nature of social research There are many ways of knowing about the world Personal experience and common sense knowledge enable us to get things done in everyday life Personal experience and common sense knowledge cannot be reliably generalized Social research is empirical & probabilistic • Empirical research: research that operates from the ideological position that questions about human behavior can be answered only through controlled, systematic observations of the real world (p. 82) • Probabilistic: capable of identifying only those forces that have a high likelihood, but not a certainty, of influencing human action (p. 82) Definitions from Newman’s Sociology (2000). Pine Forge Press. © 2007 David Schweingruber Sociologist considers own behavior indicative of larger trends (from The Onion ) Boston—According to the findings of a paper published Monday in The American Journal of Sociology , the behaviors and experiences of Boston sociologist Dr. Steven Piers are
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