Value Freedom

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  • Value Freedom
    • Comte- science of society 19th century
    • 20th century sociology should document society in objective way
      • Popular in USA post war to advise government and military
    • Research should be value free
    • Establish truth not praise or condemn
    • Weber criticises saying we should consider morality
    • Cannot ignore values with a funding body, research is based on their values
    • Sociologists personal values influence the topic
    • Sociologists choose methods based on values (positivist or interpretivist)
    • Gouldner- Value free is a myth
    • Gomm- Researchers are real people who must take a side of the social group being researched
      • Should be the underdog (W/C) to help solve their problems


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