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sees society as a system of parts that work together to maintain the cohesion of the whole system
sees society as a collection of parts held together by social power
sees society as socially constructed by everyday encounters between people
ability to discern the relationship between individual experience and social forces in the larger society
believed that industrial capitalism was an oppressive system that would fail, in part because it produced alienation.
Weber rational theory
concluded that under industrial capitalism, society was becoming excessively rational and calculating. As a consequence, social vitality was lost, and life was lacking in spontaneity.
stressed the importance of shared values. When common values are absent, anomie prevails, and people suffer from the anxiety of not being attached to society.
body of plausible assertion that scientifically explain a phenomenom
a prediction that reasonable follow after a theory
Expresses the essence of an idea in words
Expresses the essence of the idea in terms of measurement
A measure that when repeated, produces the identical result....
When a measure really measures what a researcher intends it to measure.
Quantitative and Qualitative
Methods that rely heavily on statistical and mathematical techniques
Research techniques that capture the subjective
an enumeration or polling of an entire population or universe
refers to any collection of units that the researcher is interested in.
a research technique that polls a survey of respondents
a small number of cases that represent the entire universe
leads to or produces the dependent variable
follows from or is caused by the independent variable
procedure for studying the relation between two or more variables under controlled conditions.
procedure in which a researcher asks respondents a series of questions and then records the answers.
a long interview that attempts to discover the essential features, decisive moments, or turning points in a respondent life.
study to obtain in depth understanding of detailed and sometimes intimate knowledge of the people being studied by participating in their activities.