Levels of analysis, theoretical orientations and degrees of abstraction

Pat Lauderdale, Steven D. McLaughlin, Annamarie Oliverio

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Abstract

This article suggests that what often appear to be fundamental conflicts of opinion among sociologists regarding appropriate levels of analysis and theoretical orientations are much less problematic when considered in terms of differences in degrees of abstraction. The critical factor in the compatibility of various levels of analysis and theoretical orientation is the use of degrees of abstraction by the researcher. The impact of this issue on sociological knowledge and some of its applications are examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)29-40
Number of pages12
JournalThe American Sociologist
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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