Funny Thing About Sociology : Time Essay

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Funny thing about sociology: Time, a lot of time goes into coming up with a sociological question. Sociologists rework their questions multiple times, and then reviews for structure and sociological imagination; no surprise the rewording starts again. Finally, with great relief the masterpiece is done, the question is asked. One will sit back and admire their question only to realize the real work is about to start. Attempt one at a sociology question: Why do homosexual people “come out” about their sexuality verses naturally progressing into their sexual identity? “So, it will be the nature of the question to which you want to find answers that determines your choice of method.” (McIntyre p. 81) Research methods come in a number of styles including literary review, observation, surveys, and unobtrusive methods. No one-way is better than the other not to mention strength and weaknesses come with each research method. Ideally a sociologist will use a number of research methods known as triangulation, “When methods are combined so that the strengths of one method overcome the weaknesses of another method, we speak of triangulating research methods.” (McIntyre p. 95) Plan/research method of: Why do homosexual people “come out” about their sexuality verses naturally progressing into their sexual identity? Outline for research: 1) What is the history of coming out? 2) What is coming out? a. Homosexual perspective b. Heterosexual perspective c.
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