CT day 3 - Theoretical Perspectives Meta-theoretical Commitments Theory framed at many levels micro meso macro meta etc Meta-theory is theory about

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Unformatted text preview: 1/30/12 Theoretical Perspectives Meta-theoretical Commitments Theory framed at many levels micro, meso, macro, meta etc. Meta-theory is theory about theory concerns the philosophical commitments of theorists Meta-theoretical commitments define different approaches to theory development and inquiry Five important considerations of meta-theory: ontology, epistemology, axiology, voluntarism, stability/change Ontology : nature of the social world (nature of reality and existence; what is real?) Realist stance: the social world is seen as consisting of real entities, independent of an individual’s perception Nominalist stance: the social world consists of names and labels we use to structure reality; reality doesn’t exist independent of our thoughts Social constructionist stance: we create the social world through an intersubjective process of communicative interaction Epistemology : The creation and growth of knowledge Objectivist stance: casual explanations of the social world are developed through separation of...
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2012 for the course COMM 200 taught by Professor Theiss during the Spring '07 term at Rutgers.

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CT day 3 - Theoretical Perspectives Meta-theoretical Commitments Theory framed at many levels micro meso macro meta etc Meta-theory is theory about

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