SOC221H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Grand Theory, Structural Functionalism, Scientific Method

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For example, you noticed one line is faster than other, come up with pattern in our brain and try to create an explanation, explain the thing that you are seeing ( basic level) Purpose of research: to assess the adequacy of a particular social theory, to gather information to create social theory, to understand pressing social problems, to explore personal experience. Perception to the language: descriptions of the phenomena of interest, relational statements. Deterministic statement (if x is increase y increase) Probabilistic statements (if x is increase, y increase / decrease) not direct relationship but some causality. Type of theories: theories of the middle range. Limited in scope (claim boundary by society identity) and can be tested directly (produce the same context and come up with the same thing) by gathering empirical evidence. Example: durkheim"s theory of suicide, theory of relative deprivation: grand theory. General and abstract and cannot be tested directly. Example: theory of social action, structural functionalism.

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