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Domination of Sociology by Small Theories and by Empiricism: A Call for Research into the Large Theory "Illusion"

Leon H. Warshay
Social Science
Vol. 50, No. 2 (SPRING 1975), pp. 87-93
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41959749
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Domination of Sociology by Small Theories and by Empiricism: A Call for Research into the Large Theory "Illusion"
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Abstract

That large (general) theories dominate sociological research is an impression given by major theory tests and most likely by most theory courses and seminars as well. This is probably far from the case since current empirical research seems either (1) to use small (topical, less general) theories or (2) to rely on inductive procedures. Some likely explanations for this situation are offered and the need for empirical research into actual large theory domination is suggested.

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