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Sociology and Anthropology
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SOAN 2112
Linda Hunter

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January 14, 2013 Methodology – 19 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 observing 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?) Politics - was a laissez-faire liberal -
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