Sociology 2206A/B Chapter Notes - Chapter Chapters 1,2,4: Social Reality, Article One Of The United States Constitution, Time Series

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Authority: when you accept something as true because someone in a position of authority says it is true or because it is in an authoritative publication, you are relying on authority as a basis for knowledge. "that" neighbourhood will never amount to anything" etc: traditional knowledge can become distorted as it is passed on. It is science that distinguishes social research from alternative ways of developing knowledge: social research involves thinking scientifically about questions about the social world and following scientific processes. The scientific community: scientific community: a collection of people who share a system of rules and attitudes that sustain the process of producing scientific knowledge. It"s a professional community- a group of interacting people who share ethical principles, beliefs and values, techniques and training, and career paths. In a speciality or topic area only about 100 researchers are very active and conduct mot research studies.

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