Unit-1 Social Sciences - Perspectives and Interrelationships

The differences between social sciences and 'sciences', the sources of data and the methods used to create social science knowledge.

Is it possible to interpret social reality objectively? Give at least two examples.

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Written on Apr 15, 2019 4:22:24 PM

No. Personal bias will creep into interpretations (Subjectivity).

It is well known that the understanding and interpretation of social reality are greatly influenced among others, by the gender, the degree of curiosity, and general awareness of the researcher. The conclusions of social scientists are based on their own understanding and interpretation of reality rather than on specific, clear-cut results of experiments.

E.g. 1) A brahmin social scientist studying cobblers.

E.g. 2) A researcher belonging to the cobbler caste studying research on Brahmins.

E.g. 3) A male researcher studying female attitudes towards childrearing.