PREFERRED TERM
abstracted empiricism  
DEFINITION
  • C. Wright Mills in The Sociological Imagination (1959) derided social scientists who allowed the primary task of understanding to be subverted by technical issues of data collection and analysis. Mills thought his colleagues misled by a desire to imitate the natural sciences. [Source: The SAGE Dictionary of Sociology; Abstracted Empiricism]
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https://concepts.sagepub.com/social-science/concept/abstracted_empiricism
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