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Research Methods- Part 3


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Positivists
Say behaviour is influenced by external social factors they use reliable methods to gain that quantitative data
Must be scientific
Positivists think Sociology should be scientific. They believe things that affect behaviour are external things that can be measured
Positivists preferred methods
These lot prefer sources like questionnaires and official statistics
Interpretivists
Believe you can only really understand human behaviour using empathy and putting yourself in other peoples shoes
Interpretivists on Science
Interprevists reckon scientific methods dont tell you much about how individual people act in society
Interpretivists preferred methods
These prefer participant observations and interviews to build up a rapport
Verstehen
This is Weber's theory that to understanding someone you must get inside their heads this is what interprevists follow
Macrosociology
Sociology which looks at institutions in society. This is what positivists follow
Microsociology
Sociology which looks at the individuals in society. This is what interprevists follow