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Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SOAN 2120
Professor
Scott Schau
Semester
Winter

Description
Wednesday Jan 18 2012SOAN2120 Lecture 5ParadigmsFundamental frames of references used to organize observationsUnderlie different set of theories and explanationCollections of theories which share common underlying assumptions values and views of social realityAn UnKuhnian Social ScienceThomas Kuhn The Structure of Scientic Revolutions 1962Science does not progress via a linear accumulation of new knowledge but undergoes periodic revolutions called paradigm shiftsRevolutionary sciencePresciencenormal sciencecrisisnew paradigmIn social science paradigms are not displaced by new onesA variety of paradigms that deal with similar social phenomena coexist with one anotherSocial science is then unKuhnian ParadigmsSocial paradigms are neither true nor falseThey just suggest a different understanding of the world comprise of different kinds of theories and inspire different kinds of
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