Population Review Volume 47, umber 2, 2008 Type: Viewpoint pp. 85-92 Author: Archibald O. Haller Affiliation: Editor of Population Review and Professor Emeritus of Rural Sociology and of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States Corresponding author/address: 12928 N. Salt Cedar Dr., Tucson, Arizona, United States, 85737; email: firstname.lastname@example.org Introduction This Viewpoint concerns all of the sociological sciences that deal with empirical phenomena, including sociology, demography, political science, social anthropology, communication, and socio-environmental science. The reason for the focus on these disciplines rather than on demography alone is that the theoretical base of sociology underpins all of the others. Put differently, each of the others takes its fundamental theory from sociology. The discussion that follows consists of five parts. The first part details what I think a theory is. The second presents the gist of a well known article that I wrote with two co-authors on status attainment (Sewell, Haller, and Portes 1969). Written some forty years ago, it serves as an example of the mix between theory and measurement, referred to herein as a mini-theory. Having been republished several times over the years, it is still more or less fresh. The third part summarizes the general theory that
Population Review – Sociological Demography Press
Published: Nov 23, 2008
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