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A Value-free Sociology Myth or Fact Do you agree that sociology is in fact value-free Can sociology be value-free in the first hand If so to what extent can it be value-free These questions have been surfacing in the world of sociology and have been causing numerous theories and assumptions about sociologists and their value freedom Throughout the dawn of sociology until the present time a continuous and constant debate has been going on about the role of the researchers values on sociological studies thus giving rise to the issue of the value freedom theory which is essential for further understanding of the subject at hand First and foremost a definition of a few concepts namely objectivity subjectivity and value freedom is required to straighten out any misconceptions about the way that they are applied to sociology Objectivity is the notion that research or data collecting process is free from personal feelings Furthermore through this concept objectivism - the belief that the social world consists of various social structures that act to channel and control peoples behavior in very broad ways - is derived Subjectivity on the other hand is quite the opposite Being subjective means that the researcher allows their values to intrude into the data collection process in a way that creates some form of bias Livesey Chris It gives rise to the term subjectivism which is the belief that human consciousness is so significant in relation to the way we experience the world that it is impossible to separate our values from the research process Lastly value freedom is the idea that researchers values which refer to attitudes beliefs or opinions that people hold strongly do not enter their research as not to influence their behavior and prejudice the results This idea revolves around the question whether or not it is possible for sociologists to study the social world in a way that does not allow the values held by
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