“ Introducing the subject matter, theories and research methods of sociology, by exploring concepts of social position (eg social class, human capital or capabilities) and their relationship to social structure”.
An historical approach to social theory: theorists from the 18 th to the 21 st century.
Practical examples using social survey evidence, particularly the British Household Panel Study (BHPS)
“ Attachment to common values means, motivationally considered, that the actors have common “sentiments” in support of the common value patterns, which may be defined as meaning that conformity with the relevant expectations is treated as a “good thing” relatively independently of any specific instrumental ‘advantage’ to be gained from such conformity, eg in the avoidance of negative sanctions…..”
Mills 1959 p30, quoting Parsons’ The Social System
“ Our idea was to find procedures which would combine the use of numerical data with immersion into the situation.” (1933) “The combination of quantification and interpretive analysis of qualitative material is today at the forefront of the research fraternity’s interests.” (1971)
Lazarsfeld (original 1933, English edition 1971, pp xi-xii)