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 7/7/11 Contemporary Sociological  Dr. Eleanor LaPointe Rutgers University Department of Sociology Davison Hall Room 136
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 7/7/11 Theory: An abstract explanation for why/how  society operates.  Theories provide broad,  general ideas about the way the world  works.  They show us how to view society  and what kinds of questions we should ask  about social behavior.
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 7/7/11 A theory is a systematically arranged set  of concepts and propositions.  Theories: Ø Explain Ø Are testable empirically
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 7/7/11 Metatheory: Involves all of the assumptions, often  unspoken, that influence the way a theory  is developed. Ø     In all science there is the assumption of  order.  Things happen , not haphazardly or  randomly, but for a reason. Ø       Underlying values/political 
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 7/7/11 Ontology: What is the nature of reality?  What exists?   What is real?
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