Illogicality Of Value Neutral Research In Sociology

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In the late 1930s, the American sociological establishment suspected that anyone committed to a specific set of religious beliefs and a specific religious institution would be ideologically incapable of scientifically objective research. During the 1937 annual meeting of the American Sociological Society (now the American Sociological Association), a small group of Catholic sociologists met to share their frustrations at the atmosphere and content of the meeting. As they saw it, scientific sociology on the model of the natural sciences was becoming a vehicle for amoral and antireligious attitudes of secular sociologists. The illogicality of value-neutral research was also an irritation: "Don't ask me how they could even talk about delinquency,
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