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Analyse in detail how social actors can be said to manage themselves and others in face-to-face interactions. What factors should be borne in mind when evaluating this particular sociological approach? (JMB) ITHE OBSERVATIONAL METHOD Why is participant observation acentral method of ethnographers? Participant observation provides a licence for unverifiable subjectivity. It has no place in sociology. Is this assessment justified? (Ox) Mitchell (A Dictionary of Sociology) says it is usual to refer to the descriptive account of the way of life of a particular people as ethnography.

Even those who do not do well in the system are given some help and assistance. Some questions put a Marxist perspective: It has been claimed that the strongest continuing influence in the development of the welfare state has been the successful attempt of the dominant social groups to buttress the existing social and economic order. What do you understand by this claim? To what extent do you think it adequately accounts for the development of welfare provision? ~ This question is asking you to consider the idea that the introduction of the welfare state has been to help disguise the extent and effect of social inequalities which in reality cannot be eradicated in a capitalist economic system.

4. Sociologists cannot escape their own past experiences or their intellectual analysis of 'problems' and their causes and consequences. Therefore, values and ideology enter at every point. g. Although sociologists must have values and their own ideological preferences, it would be possible to imagine a situation in which a study was conducted by a functionalist, Marxist and Weberian using agreed methods, which uncovered inequality in the distribution of housing in a city. They may all agree on the data, but each would interpret the material in a different way according to their values.

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