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SOC 232
Stuart Leard

Sociology 232 January 21 2013 1 House keeping: th Sorokin lecture: no class next Monday (Jan 28th) – February 7 at 7:00 pmARTS 241 start chapter four for Friday Turabian style − use the bottom two P and R − you need to add a reference page − et al. Means for all the rest Figure 1.1 − very abstract steps in the research process − sharing is very very important − typically research articles − chapters in books − conference presentations − keynote addresses Figure 3.1  a cycle  quantitative research Key terms: − Concept: ideas or mental representations of things − crime, gender, alienation, love, life satisfaction − abstract ideas and building blocks of theory − Coding: transforming a measure into numbers − Example: in measuring life satisfaction, respondents who say they are 'very satisfied' may be given a code of '1', which is recorded into a file − We're making fine distinguishing remarks from responses that we can compare to other responses − Likert scale: concept  think through an idea  how will ideas be represented in a study? How will they be defined?  researcher's thoughts about ideas/issues/topics  Use literature, discussion, and personal experience  Represent points around which social research is conducted  Clear rigorous, systematic Sociologst232 January 21 2013 2 ◦ Example: social mobility, socioeconomic status, intelligence, addiction, prejudice  Concepts may be independent and dependent variables  Is there difference between the downwardly mobile and others in their political ideals (independent) ◦ Example: violence ▪ What is violence? What types of violence are of interest? Whose experiences? What has been done? What is missing? How can it be measured? ▪ What types of violence? Who’s experiences will you include? What has been done within research, what is missing? How will you measure your research?  Is it advantageous to use more than one indicator of a concept (often done in survey research) because it ◦ reduces the likelihood of misclassified some people because the language of a question is misunderstood ◦ ensures the definition of the underlying concept is understood correctly ◦ gets access to a wider range of issues related to the concept, allows the researcher to make
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