Is sociology a science?

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  • Is sociology a science?
    • Sociology can be a science
      • Karl Marx
        • Communism
        • 'Scientific socialism'
          • Improve society & equality
      • Emile Durkheim
        • 'Scientific laws'
          • Establish patterns of behaviour
            • Predict future events
              • Cure social ills
      • Comte
        • Founding father of sociology
        • Society is like the natural world
        • Objective factual reality
      • Positivist appproach
      • Possible
      • Science will make society better
    • Sociology can't be a science
      • Weber
      • Impossible
      • Popper
        • Sociologists verify not falsify
          • Sociologists use inductive methods
        • Scientists try to prove their theories wrong (falsify)
          • Deductive method
        • doesn't state that it it impossible all together, only in its current form
      • Interpretivists
        • We are heterogenous
        • Cant be controlled
        • Everything about scince is artificial
        • We are unpredictable
      • Kuhn
        • Paradigms
          • Shared set of beliefs and assumptions
        • Sociologists don't have shared paradigmns
          • To become scientific sociologist need to share the same beliefs
            • Unrealistic conclusion
    • Sociology should be a science
      • Generalisable
      • Gives sociology prestige
      • Influences social policy
      • It is desirable
      • Credible
        • Factual  evidence
      • Attracts government funding
      • sociology needed to compete as it was a threatened subject
    • Sociology shouldn't be a science
      • Non desirable
      • Science is a science
        • Scientists cheat
        • Claim to be objective
        • scientists have an agenda
          • recognition
          • money
          • Career
          • manipulate results
      • post modernism
        • only want it to be scientific as we listen to science, its superior
        • Science harms society
          • medical harm
          • Untitled
      • Feminsim
        • Science is patriarchal
        • gender blind
        • establishes a research hierarchy
        • Structured interviews
        • male stream
        • women are discarded when no longer needed

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