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ERIC Number: ED080911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 24
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Inadequacies in Formal Approaches to Theory Development in Family Sociology and Some Ideas About Alternative Procedures.
Krain, Mark
The purpose of this paper is to make some comments designed to stimulate some unconventional thought in connection with the problem of developing sociological theory. The author questions the extent to which social science research follows scientific procedures based on a "hypothetico-deductive" format and the extent to which its propositional structure is derived from theory. Arguing against the informality of social science procedures, the author seeks more textual closure by defining terms, unpacking the verbal formulations into simpler components, analyzing the nature of statements, identifying all variables, and making explicit the relationship between them. The report includes an examination of some underlying assumptions about social phenomena derived from linguistics research. Rather than supporting deductive theory, the author suggests that the interpretive form of understanding expressed in ordinary prose can be used to discover facts amidst the complexity in which they exist. (Author/LAA)
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Note: Paper presented at the Midwest Sociological Society Meeting, 25-28 April 1973, Milwaukee, Wisconsin