6.0 Chapter introduction

In this chapter, we’ll explore the connections between paradigms, social theories, and social scientific research methods. We’ll also consider how our analytic, paradigmatic, and theoretical perspective might shape or be shaped by our methodological choices. In short, we’ll discuss the relationship between theory and research methods.

Chapter Outline

  • 6.1 Micro, meso, and macro approaches
  • 6.2 Paradigms, theories, and how they shape a researcher’s approach
  • 6.3 Inductive and deductive reasoning

Content Advisory

This chapter discusses or mentions the following topics: laws regulating rape, sodomy, and child sexual abuse; gang communication styles; racism, policing, and lynching; domestic violence and sexual harassment; and substance abuse.


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