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Chapter 2: Research Methods Jan 24, 2017 Research Methods: Sociological knowledge consists of arguments based on evidence interpreted through a theoretical lens with reference to the reliability, vailidity, and limitation of that evidence Theory vs. Ideology (Neuman Book) o Ideology: proven, fixed, closed answers o Theory: conditional, changes based on evidence, expanding Scientific Method: a systematic, organized series of steps that ensures maximum objectivity and consistency in gathering evidence o you must pay attention to the evidence used to defend arguments and ask if the evidence is strong or weak Research designs: a detailed plan or method for obtaining data successfully

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