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Department
Sociology and Anthropology
Course
SOAN 2111
Professor
Linda Hunter
Semester
Fall

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THEORETICAL APPROACHES AND FRAMEWORKS Reasons why we care about theories todayoExplanation about society oConnects different parts of society togetheroTheories are road maps HurstoDifferent sociological perspectives bring out different results like roadmaps The Sociological Imagination Social science should aim at helping people understand their private troubles in terms of public issuesoMills argues adequate social science should have practical importance for the average citizen Whatcouldbesopracticalaboutlookingattheseoldertheoristso1alllivinginsocietiesundergoingwiderangingsocialchangeso2eachconcernedwiththecharacteranddirectionofmodernsocietyoegdivisionoflabourbureaucracyo3allwereinvolvedinthesocietiesoftheirtimeTHENATUREANDTYPESOFSOCIOLOGICALTHOUGHTPOSITIVISMINTEPRETIVECRITICALPositivismFunctionalTheoryoObservesociallifeandestablishreliablevalidknowledgeabouthowitworksoKnowledgecanbeusedtoaffectsocialchangeandimprovehumanconditionoArguessociologyshouldconcernitselfonlywithwhatcanbeobservedwiththesensesandtheoriesofsociallifeshouldbebuiltinarigidwaybasedonfactInterpretiveTheorySymbolicTheoryoStudyofsocietythatfocusesonthemeaningspeopleattachtotheirsocialworldHumanCommunicationSymbolsarelearnedReliesonqualitativedataCriticalTheoryConflictTheoryoFocusontheneedforsocialchangeTheconceptofauthorityandpowerrelationsandpowerdynamicsbetweenindividualsinsocietyPractical Application of Positivism and Critical Approach oPositivist uses the scientific method to study factory laborers oCritical theorist looks at conditions of laboris it just
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