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SOAN 2112 Lecture Notes - Harriet Martineau, Dying Young, Democracy In America

Sociology and Anthropology
Course Code
SOAN 2112
Linda Hunter

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January 14, 2013
Methodology 19th century de Tocqueville, Martineau, Taylor and Mill
Methodology Discussion
- Chicago schools, 1930s
- American sociology deeply rooted in quest for human improvement
- Origins in Canadian sociology knowledge and application of knowledge for
the good
- Women did contribute to methodology
Harriet Martineau (1802-1876)
- member of distinguished literary circle
- writer first English journalist writing for her living under her own name
- translated Comte’s book
o study of society ought to become a methodology rigorous disciple in
its own right
- she was interested in what is right, what is just
- her concern in terms of method
- departure of Liverpool to America 42 days in a ship
- wanted to witness firsthand the actual workings what a democracy was
about, what it looked like
- she preferred democracy eager to learn if people of USA lived up to these
theories of life
- in her work on methodology, she wrote a book on how to be respectful of all,
justice to all the idea she stressed the observe and the observer
o the observer cannot be perplex or discussed by what they are
o she would never express discuss for what she was seeing
o one had to overcome their prejudice to observe
o without sympathy the most important things would be hidden we
must see all things without bias
- she wrote a book called Essays on the Art of thinking it was about good
planning, great questions, journal thinking about preparing great questions
in order to observe if you have legitimately questions, your research is shit
because it will be bias
- to understand social institutions, we really need to in a sense being by
observing things, and then commenting on them visit various religious
temples not just one noticing diversity and theological options where did
she say the best place to study the morality of a people to be? Dead people
the cemetery, the brief language of the dead will teach more then those from
living the brief moments of the dead will teach more. Grave stone
encryptions will tell us a lot life span, name, young death, health issues
(were they dying young?)
- was a laissez-faire liberal
- raised money or Oberlin College (first women to admit women and black
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