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Soc 233 Nov 30

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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 233
Professor
Kara Somerville
Semester
Fall

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SOC 233 November 30, 2011 Theory and Methods  Theories of knowledge influence methodology, questions we ask, and the process of interpreting data.  Theory guides what counts as valid knowledge. Q – Why is theory important in sociology?  Guides the research design.  Helps us to target exactly what we are studying and how we are going to study it. Turner (1998)  Tendency to split theory and practice.  Theories are not always seen as useful.  Grand theories have come disconnected from practice. Alford (1998)  Gap between theory and methods.  Mills’ criticism over split between ‘grand theorists’ or ‘abstracted empiricists.’  Argues - Relevance of classical thinkers (e.g., Durkheim, Weber and Marx).  Restructuring needs to take place to use con
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