“No Matter What Research Methods Are Used, All Sociological Studies Will Be Affected by the Values of the Researcher.” Explain and Assess This Claim.

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This claim may be true to a certain extent. I will assess this claim through the perspectives/views of Marxists, interactionalists and postmodernists. Marxists also known as the Positivists are concerned about the data collected, and locating the reasons, causes and affects of a certain issue. They claim to deal with real “hard facts”. They wish to rise above the subjective and descriptive data given by the interactionalists. Positivists prefer taking objective social facts as evidence to back up theoretical assumptions. In general, Positivists are bound to use quantitative data as a means of research source. Quantitative data is usually presented in numeric form, and one object of using quantitative data is to achieve precision. Although positivists prefer taking objective social facts into account, it is evident that they are subjective in the source of data they will use, or are bound to use. Interactionalists, on the other hand consider that the reality of social behaviour is to be found when individuals interact and create their own social experiences. They seek meaning, and probe into the beliefs of individuals acting together in groups. Interactionalists use qualitative data. This data deals with the quality of human experience. They argue that numerical data is itself a product of human interactions, and therefore it would be relevant to observe these ‘numerical’ data being constructed. Considering the above points, it is understood that the type of sociological theory/perspective a researcher follows or uses, does force the researcher to use a certain type of data. Research methods may also affect the researcher’s objectivity. I will list the different types of research methods and how they contribute in affecting the researcher’s objectivity. These methods include questionnaires, interviews, observation,

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