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Unformatted text preview: Doing sociological research Doing sociological research What is sociological research? A tool sociologists use to answer questions Which method is used for sociological research? Depends on the kind of question you ask Eg Sociologist Mitch Duneier in his study “Sidewalk” (1999) wanted to find out how homeless people lived in New York City He studied a group of homeless people by living with them on their park benches etc. for 4 years He interacted and worked with them He discovered that these men (mostly African American) comprised a rather well organised “mini- society” with a social structure, rules, norms, and a culture The method Duneier used is participant observation- a sociological research technique in which the researcher actually becomes both participant in and observer of the phenomenon being studied Sociology & the Scientific Method Sociology & the Scientific Method Sociological research derives from the scientific method There is a series of steps that sociologists can take to do their research, but sociological research does not necessarily proceed in a sequence of rigid steps Sociology & the Scientific Method...
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This note was uploaded on 03/26/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 110 taught by Professor Cheunge. during the Fall '11 term at University of Macau.
- Fall '11