What are some of the reasons for
being more complicated in social sciences, particularly
disciplines like sociology?
Objectivity means being unbiased, neutral or based on facts
(i) In case of social science, especially sociology, objectivity
becomes more complicated because, like every human, there are
some notions perceived by sociologists which make it difficult
for him/her to study the culture and norms of a different society
in a neutral manner. This can lead to incorrect research.
(ii) The sociologist who is conducting a research can also get
biased if the issues are related to his/her society and can imply
his/her personal notions to that study. Hence, despite of being
reflexive there are chances of unconscious bias.
(iii) There are many versions of truth in the social world. A boy
and an old person would have different notions on a particular
thing. A shopkeeper and a customer would have different ideas
regarding the 'good
price' of a
product. Thus, there is no universal truth in social sciences,
making them difficult to arrive at a conclusion.
(iv) Sociology is a
science. There are different schools of thought that sometimes
contradict each other. As a result,
becomes complicated in social sciences, especially sociology.
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