Sociological Research Methods
a) What is meant by the terms positivism and anti-positivism?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of each position?
Positivism looks at things scientifically. Positivists believe that society can be studied like the natural world using scientific quantitative methods. Positivism research is based mainly on statistics. A great believer of the positivist approach was Emiele Durkhiem (1858-1917). Durkhiem conducted a study on 'suicide' using quantitative data. …
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