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1-29-08 Sociological Tools

1-29-08 Sociological Tools - Life Course Perspective How...

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1-29-08 Life Course Perspective How changes in individual lives are related to historical events Focus on life milestones and timing o Birth, education, marriage, childbearing, etc. Example: o Professor Cohen is 40 years old o Life Course says: Professor Cohen is part of the cohort who were in junior high for Thriller Sociological Tools Objectivity: an ideal for social science o Conclusion unaffected by researcher’s own beliefs Scientific method requires hypotheses o Speculative statement about the relationship between two or more variables Experiments usually aren’t possible Survey: people selected, usually at random, with a fixed set of questions o
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