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9.13.06 - Theory Seekers-Theory explanation an answer to...

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9/13/06 Sociology’s Method - Observations o Data sources: surveys, history, Census o Watching and participating - Sociology and Science o Inferences and truths conditional, not absolute o Generalization Evidence vs. Ideology - Ideology: sheer belief that you cannot demonstrate with data - Theory: set of statements or questions that seeks to answer how or why questions
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Unformatted text preview: Theory Seekers-Theory: explanation, an answer to how or why question.-Why take classes? Why bad teachers?-All theories are incomplete Sociology’s Difficulties-The problem of obviousness o “Everyone knows that”-Subversive: threatens assumptions, questions, beliefs-...
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