Sociology and Science Summary Table

A great table summarising the viewpoints of the relationship between sociology and science, including the following theorists:

  1. Positivists (Durkheim, Comte)
  2. Karl Popper
  3. Phenomenology (Atkinson, Cicourel)
  4. Thomas Kuhn
  5. Realists (Bhaskar, Sayer, Keat & Urry)

The table summarises:

  • Is it possible for sociology to be scientific?
  • Is it desirable for sociology to be scientific?
  • How is science defined?
  • How far does science produce true knowledge?
  • How much sociology is scientific now?

Relevant to students studying AQA, OCR & WJEC A level Sociology


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