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E. LaPointe Introduction to Contemporary Theory Notes on first week discussion/lecture: Sociological theory, like any other scientific theory, rests on a massive foundation of unspoken assumptions. This is called Metatheory . Metatheory influences the way a theory is developed and may involve the following: 1. In all sciences there is an assumption of order . Thinks happen, not haphazardly or randomly, but for a reason. 2. A scientist’s values inevitably affect his or her work. Values come into play simply in what a person decides is or isn’t worth investigating. Of what use might this information be? Who will benefit? In sociology there are two predominant orientations: A. Those who accept the status quo and want to explain processes within it. (These people make claims, often, to being value-neutral. But is value neutrality ever really possible, or even desirable?) Often, the assumption of order and the status quo orientation leads them to support perspectives that benefit those who are in advantaged positions. B.
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