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SOCI 210 - Lecture 3.docx

SOCI 210 - Lecture 3.docx - Lecture 3 Doing Sociology...

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Lecture 3: Doing Sociology Social Construction of Social Research All the phenomena that sociology explores are built on interactions between humans within society who are influenced by institutions. Neither qualitative or quantitative methods are objective. Quantitative: "methods that seek to obtain information about the social world that is already in or can be converted to numeric form" Positive Stance Social world can be described and predicted by certain observable relationships. Statistical techniques are applied to different sources (census, etc.) of information to draw sociological conclusions. Qualitative methods: "methods that attempt to collect information about the social world that cannot be readily converted to numeric form" Interpretive stance: aim to experience life positions of social actors they want to understand This involves participant observation, interviews, and archival work.
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