September 5, 2013
- You have a theory about other people, you are a sociological theorist
o That person is just in it for the money
o That’s a Canadian thing, Chines thing
- To be a sociological theorist…
1. Intellectual power
3. Conceptual tools
Classic Sociological Theory
o First rank, the best, excellent
o Things that people want to copy or learn from, or preserve.
o Like a classic rock album, or car.
o They last a long time
o Not a summer hit or one hit wonder
o Will call me maybe last? Probably not.
o Generative- allows you to connect to other people, they can generate
o You can keep reading classic books and keep learning stuff from them.
o World defining- bible
o Science does not have classics in the same way. You would not open up
a great scientist book and start reading from it to learn. They are
o But you would read Shakespeare books to learn from them.
o Sounds like theatre, both mean looking and watching o Step back from daily life and look at daily life objectively. We learn about
theory’s by seeing what they are not
o Abstract vs. empi