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Sociology by Yogesh Atal

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Chapter 1

 

1. It is interesting that social anthropology was given the nomenclature Comparative Sociology by British scholars.

2. In 1994, the Fundaçâs Calouste Gulbenkian set up a Commission on the Restructuring of the Social Sciences. Its Report was published by the Stanford University Press in 1996. Known as the Gulbenkian Commission Report, this book has been translated into several languages. Its Indian edition was published by Vistaar, New Delhi, in 1996.

3. There are two basic approaches—nomothetic and idiographic. Nomothetic refers to ‘generalizing’ and idiographic to ‘describing’. The former is thus oriented to theory building, and the latter to empirical investigation.

4. John Beattie wrote a Cultural Anthropology textbook in 1964, ...

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