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Chapter 1: Three Empirical Traditions of Sociological Theory The first chapter of the text begins with a brief overview of four major sociological theories; functionalism, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, and feminism. This chapter is organized in terms of three distinct empirical traditions of sociological theory—multivariate theory, interpretive theory, and historical-comparative theory. The authors outline the defining features of sociological theory, the importance of empirical evidence, and systematic data-gathering. Multivariate theory, interpretive
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Unformatted text preview: theory, and historical-comparative tradition are all explored in detail. • The section of the chapter, entitled ‘Three contemporary examples of sociological theory,’ explores Trovato’s article on suicide in Quebec, Vaughan’s Uncoupling , and Lipset’s theory of the differences between the United States and Canada. • This chapter concludes with a focus on theoretical diversity. Dorothy Smith’s feminist ethnography, Randall Collins’s ‘Micro Theory of Stratification,’ and W.E.B. Du Bois’s theoretical work, are all discussed....
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