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12th Class Chapter No 1 - Theory and methods in Social for IGCSE

An overview of theory and methods for second year A level sociology – a very brief overview covering the bare-bones of (1) Positivism and Interpretivism, (2) Is sociology a sicence?, (3) Sociology and value freedom, (4) Functionalism, (5) Marxism, (6) Feminism, (7) Social action theory, (8) Post and late modernism, (9) Sociology and social policy. Positivism and Interpretivism Positivist approaches to social research are quantitative, 'scientific', objective. Durkhiem's suicide is an example of a positivist study Interpretivists criticise Positivist's reliance on statistics (they are socially constructed) Interpretivist approaches to social research = qualitative, empathetic, micro Key example = Douglas' study of the multiple meanings of suicide. Positivists criticise Interpretivist research because it's too subjective, not authoritative.
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