Paradigms in Social Science
|Objectivity, knowability, and deductive logic
|Society can and should be studied empirically and scientifically.
|Truth as varying, socially constructed, and ever-changing
|Reality is created collectively and that social context and interaction frame our realities.
|Power, inequality, and social change
|Social science can never be truly value-free and should be conducted with the express goal of social change in mind.
|Inherent problems with previous paradigms
|Truth in any form may or may not be knowable.
|A study of sport might examine
|Interrelations between parts of society; how parts work together
|Positive, negative, intended, and unintended consequences of professional sport leagues
|Who wins and who loses based on the way that society is organized
|Issues of power in sport such as differences in access to and participation in sport
|How meaning is created and negotiated though interactions
|How the rules of sport of are constructed, taught, and learned