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Divorce - Sociology 130 January 29, 2008 7Life Course...

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Sociology 130 January 29, 2008 7Life Course Perspective: -How changes in individual lives are related to historical events -Focus on life milestones and timing Birth, education, marriage, childbearing, retirement, etc. Sociological Tools: -Objectivity : An ideal for social science Conclusions unaffected by researcher’s own beliefs -Scientific Method: requires hypotheses 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 Includes: o Census and related surveys o Time-use surveys, with time diaries o Longitudinal surveys: interviews conducted at intervals over time o Linking to administrative data (e.g. employment) Best: large studies for public use, by academic researchers with some sort of public oversight -Observational Study: Researchers directly observe behavior in its normal setting -In-depth interview study: Researchers ask detailed questions of targeted respondents Both are smaller in scale, usually non-random samples, and data not widely available o More depth, but less breadth than national surveys o Best: influenced by surveys, or inform surveys Divorce:
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