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Family Theory and Social Science
Family theory and social science

Anyone thinking that the current views about social science theory represent a uniform and coherent body of thought is sadly mistaken (see Benton & Craig, 2001; Potter, 1999). Rather, the current thought about social science theory spans a broad gamut from the impossibility of theoretical formulations (Blumer, 1962; Cheal, 1991; Derrida, 1976) to the precise analytic definition of what is and is not a social scientific theory (Burr, 1973). Perhaps the best examples of this are from definitions such as Blumer (1962), where theory is tentative and momentary, to those following Becker (1981) and Coleman (1990), where social science theory is viewed as deductive and formal. Certainly today's students of theory and research must admit to ...

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