Emile Durkheim (1858- 1917)

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The founder of...
Positivist, empirical research in sociology
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Wrote...
"The Rules of Sociological Method" (1895)
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Sociology should be modelled after...
The natural sciences
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Knowledge should be based on...
Empirical observation of social facts
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Social Facts are...
Occurring events or phenomena involving humans beings which are observable and measurable
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Social facts are used to...
create general laws about the world
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Social Facts can include...
Roles values and laws and are agreed through consensus which helps society function
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Social facts are also separate from...
Human beings but are learnt through socialisation
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Methods of data collection and analysis should be...
Value free, objective and unbiased
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Durkheim (1895)
"social facts as social phenomena detached from concious beings"
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Durkheim (1895)
"social facts must be studied from the outside, as external things"
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Jones (1986)
"social facts are a clearly defined group of phenomena different from those studied by all other sciences
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Gane (1988)
"sociology, for Durkheim, should strive for complete interdependence"
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Can be difficult to...
Be objective
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Ignores...
Subjective sphere of human experiences such as values, beliefs, identities, etc
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Maintaining value neutrality...
Is impossible in research
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