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Designed as a easy textual content for an introductory, interdisciplinary social technology path, strength AND SOCIETY introduces scholars to key innovations in anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political technology, and background. utilizing the topic of energy, the textual content first introduces all the social sciences and demonstrates how a few of the disciplines vary of their concentration and techniques, whereas protecting the primary integrative subject. The textual content then makes use of an interdisciplinary standpoint to demonstrate the character and makes use of of strength in society. energy AND SOCIETY ignites scholars' curiosity within the social sciences through exploring many of the imperative demanding situations and modern controversies dealing with American society; for instance, ideological clash, racism and sexism, poverty and powerlessness, crime and violence, neighborhood difficulties, and diplomacy.

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C; 10. c; 11. Power; 12. elites and masses; 13. legitimacy; 14. interdisciplinary; 15. Social stratification. SOCIAL SCIENCES AND THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD CHAPTER 2 WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD? WHAT BASIC TERMS DO SOCIAL SCIENTISTS USE IN CONDUCTING RESEARCH? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DIFFICULTIES THAT SOCIAL SCIENTISTS HAVE IN APPLYING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD TO THE STUDY OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS? WHAT METHODS DO SOCIAL SCIENTISTS USE TO CONDUCT RESEARCH? WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF EACH? Science and the Scientific Method A science may be broadly defined as any organized body of knowledge, or it may be more narrowly defined as a discipline that employs the scientific method.

For example, underlying much theory in the social sciences are assumptions about human nature—whether it is inherently good or inherently selfish. These assumptions oftentimes form the building blocks of theory. Theories are developed at different levels of generality. Theories with low levels of generality explain only a small or narrow range of behaviors. For example, we might theorize that conservative Christian voters tend to vote Republican, and this theory has a fairly low-level generality about political behavior, that is, it is a narrow and quite specific theory about one group’s voting behavior.

The social sciences seek to find relationships that explain human behavior. The first question is whether two or more events or behaviors are related in any way—that is, do they occur together consistently? The second question is whether science broadly defi ned, any organized body of knowledge scientific method a method of explanation that develops and tests theories about how observable facts or events are related hypothesis a tentative statement about a relationship between observable facts or events 19 20 Part 1 / The Nature and Study of Power FO C U S The Vocabulary of Social Science Social science researchers use many special terms in their work, some of which have already been defined.

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