By Robert G. Burgess
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11 Nadel speaks of both these processes in terms of a science which is higher in the hierarchy of sciences using ‘shorthand’, for reasons of economy, to cover the findings of sciences lower in the hierarchy (Nadel, 1951, pp. ). We have already stated that we do not consider that the sciences are related hierarchically: we also consider, and hope to show, that Nadel’s way of formulating this problem obscures the procedures used. 12 Parsons, (1952), pp. 9 f. ‘Parsimony’ in scientific method is also used to cover other procedures (see Hall and Lindzey, 1957, p.
Properly applied, the duty of abstention invol ves a rule of disciplined refusal to trespass on the fields of others. In carrying out this duty of abstaining, a social scientist is entitled to perform warranted limitation, by using justified circumscription, compression (incorporation and abridgement), naïve assumptions and simplification. For example, naïvety, the procedure which has been most queried, is warranted and justified, if the naïve assumptions are not essentially involved in the analysis of the field.
The researcher may view the military as potentially acting in ways adverse and threatening to the public interest. An in-house researcher at West Point expressed his confusion in attempting to define my role by asking, ‘It is clear to me that you are not for the military. ’ While many sociologists view their professionalism as providing legitimacy for the dispassionate ‘debunking’ of social myths, they have no legal sanction, normative appeal, or legal immunity to enter public bureaucracies for the purpose of conducting a ‘social audit’.
Field Research (Contemporary Social Research Series, 4) by Robert G. Burgess