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Sociology The Comparative Method Sociologists have embraced what is known as the comparative method as the most efficient way to expose taken-for-granted truths or laws that people have adopted But what is this comparative method and how does it work Are there any advantagesdisadvantages to exposing these false truths What forms or variations of the comparative method exist In the pages to follow I will attempt to give you some insight and understanding of what the comparative method is and how it works The comparative method simply put is the process of comparing two things in our case societies or the people that make up society and seeing if the result of the comparison shows a difference between the two The comparative method attempts to dereify the process of exposing misinterpreted norms Norms that society consider natural and inevitable characteristics of human existence reified the human created norms or truths beliefs Obviously there are various ways in which a nomi a labeled sometime constructed norm or truth can be exposed Which form of the comparative method should one use however The answer whichever one applies to the truth in question For example you certainly would not do a cross-gender form of comparison if you wished to expose whether or not homosexuality has always been feared and looked down upon by most people throughout history No rather you would perform a historical comparison of two or more different societies to see if these beliefs always existed or whether or not this is a newly constructed belief Lets look at little more closely at the above mentioned historical comparison and see how the comparative method works with a specific example There is no question that in todays western society there is a lot of fear and trepidation towards people who are labeled
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