Sociology - The Comparative Method

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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 advantages/disadvantages 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
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states that men tend to approach moral issues quite differently than women.

Where as men view morale issues with a 'don't interfere with my rights'

view, women focus more on the 'responsibility' end of the morale involved.

Thus we can conclude, thanks to the comparative method, that the constructed

truth that all people view morale issues the same is not a correct one.

Another quick example of a cross-gender comparison would be that of the

house-wife. Still today most men view the role of the married woman as one

that involves being a house-wife, in the traditional sense of the term.

However, women today certainly would not view themselves in the same manner.

The data collected from a comparison such as this could help to dereify this

socially constructed truth.

Cross-class comparisons is also a comparison commonly used when attempting

to expose constructed truths between two classes. i.e. lower-class,

upper-class, middle-class. For an example I refer to my lecture notes. Our

professor gave us a fine example of a cross-class comparison involving his

own life. He was from a middle-class family and attended a public school

where he got involved with various kids from the middle and lower class. He

grew up in this type of environment and accepted it as the his life as the

way society was. To him, there was not another lifestyle. This was life.