Sociology AS/A2 Research Methods and Theorists

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Functionalists
Use positivist, quantitative methods to study society as they believe sociology is a science. An example of this is Durkheims study of suicide.
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Marxists
Are a macro, structural theory and prefer quantitative methods, although are concerned about using statistics as they come from the bourgeoisie.
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Feminists
Are a structural theory, although they prefer qualitative methods as these allow women and men to express their feelings.
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Interactionists
Use interpretivist, qualitative methods to study society as they want to gain verstehen and a social actors perspective of a social situation.
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Post Modernists
Believe that the positivism vs. interpretivism debate is outdated and prefer mxing methods, this is called triangulation.
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Are a macro, structural theory and prefer quantitative methods, although are concerned about using statistics as they come from the bourgeoisie.

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Marxists

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Are a structural theory, although they prefer qualitative methods as these allow women and men to express their feelings.

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Use interpretivist, qualitative methods to study society as they want to gain verstehen and a social actors perspective of a social situation.

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Believe that the positivism vs. interpretivism debate is outdated and prefer mxing methods, this is called triangulation.

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