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Functions and Types of Theory
Functions and types of theory

In the introduction to this book I partially addressed the “so what?” question. One of the biggest problems I perceive in family theory is that researchers do not amply appreciate what theory does for them, for the field, and for knowledge in general. There is the mistaken perspective tied to empiricism that facts speak for themselves. But as we have seen, facts are theoretical constructs. Furthermore, I believe there is some misunderstanding of the functions of theory because the metaphorical foundations of explanation and interpretation have been deemphasized. White and Klein (2002) list seven distinct functions that theories serve in the social sciences. Although I will follow the list offered by White and Klein, I must ...

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