The relationship between theory and research

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Unformatted text preview: SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS The relationship between theory and researchovercomes common sense Theory gives meaning to researchresearch helps support theoryanswers the biggest sociological question: WHY? Weber wanted research to be value-free: should it be social analysis, or should it be for social change? Durkheim: did the first scientific research on suicide, in his book Suicide (1897) which was the result of anomie or a structural breakdownevaluated 26,000 suicidesDurkheim proposed that suicide was a result of the lack of cohesiveness in society and symptomatic of large-scale social problems, rather than isolated individual choicesDurkheim wanted to prove the importance of society in situations that might appear to be arbitrary acts by individuals-- created the research methods and social hypotheses that continue until today Only previous work done by Henry Morselli (1881) who concluded (at the height of social Darwinism) that suicide is part of an evolutionary process to sort out weak-brained...
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This note was uploaded on 02/10/2012 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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