Chapter 35 On Sociological Theories of the Middle Range [ 1949 ]

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  title={Chapter 35 On Sociological Theories of the Middle Range [ 1949 ]},
  author={Robert K. Merton},
  year={2007}
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Like so many words that are bandied about, the word theory threatens to become meaningless. Because its referents are so diverse including everything from minor working hypotheses, through comprehensive but vague and unordered speculations, to axiomatic systems of thought use of the word often obscures rather than creates understanding. The term sociological theory refers to logically interconnected sets of propositions from which empirical uniformities can be derived. Throughout we focus on… CONTINUE READING

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