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Quality and Quantity

, Volume 39, Issue 6, pp 801–825 | Cite as

Social Structural Inquiries, Part 1, Qualitative and Quantitative Theories

  • Robert B. Smith
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Abstract

A tightened linkage between theory and data would enhance cumulative sociological knowledge. Toward that end this article selectivity reviews and develops social structural theories – theories that explain data. To reestablish that qualitative as well as quantitative theories can be structural, it presents examples that are organized by the qualitative versus quantitative division and the level of analysis – micro, meso, macro, and the world. Boudon’s structural schematics cover all of the examples, suggesting a basic perspective that can refocus much of the diversity of current sociology.

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structuralism levels of analysis qualitative and quantitative theories 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cambridge-MIT InstituteMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeU.S.A
  2. 2.Social Structural Research Inc.CambridgeU.S.A.

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