SOAN 2111 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Harriet Martineau, Critical Theory, Lynn Mcdonald

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Lecture #1 (syllabus change) midterm 3 held on november 16th. Read pdf notes not all are on here. Ii the value of theory: the contemporary relevance of old. Harriet martineau women(cid:495)s issues: did not have the institutions men have had to support each other(cid:495)s work. The women founders of the social sciences by lynn mcdonald (1996) Women: excluded from universities, no schools to promote their work, few biographies. Iii the nature and types of sociological throught: positivism, Interpretive, critical: positivism is nomothetic it seeks generalizable, universally applicable laws. Logic and explanation ability to predict environments. Natural sciences are always driven by prediction and control: interpretive theory study of society that focuses on the meanings people attach to their social worlds (hermeneutical theorists) Added on notes: looking at the details of interaction. Interpreting and looking at the meanings that people attach to their behaviour. Example: might look at symbols or hand gestures.

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