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Positivism, Sociological

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© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Positivism and sociology have a common origin, and positivism remains a significant approach in sociology and the other social sciences. In positivist sociology, the scientific study of the social world is identified with empirical research, statistical methods, and often the pursuit of general laws of social life which can be tested against experience.

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Author(s): Outhwaite RW

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition

Year: 2015

Pages: 625-629

Online publication date: 12/03/2015

Acceptance date: 01/01/1900

Publisher: Elsevier

Place Published: Oxford


DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-08-097086-8.32110-9

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9780080970875