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Sociological Approaches to Cultural Heritage Research

Sociological inquiry generally explores human social behaviors from an empirical, abstracted perspective. However, when approaching the study of the African diaspora, many researchers have found it necessary to include in their analyses a broader consideration of the cultural, historical, and political factors that have influenced the development of the behaviors and institutions they observe. This entry explores various perspectives and methods used in the sociology of African diasporic peoples.

Rethinking the Research Object

Sociological inquiry generally focuses on the abstracted object of study that has been located or situated in a field where the sociologist becomes the “knower” based on, in many cases, empirical observation. The research object is explored on two basic levels, the most popular being the “micro” level, where the ...

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