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An Introduction to Sociology by Bryan S. R. Green and Edward A. Johns (Auth.)

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When comparisons are made between working and middle class respondents with equivalent levels of education, however, the differences disappear. Lipsitz's conclusion is that lower class people are more authoritarian because they receive less education. THE COMPARATIVE METHOD As we have seen, both experimentation and the establishment of concomitant variations involve making comparisons. 1 The examples usually given to the method appear to include two kinds of investigation. Thefirstkind involves the use of data from two or more societies or two or more cultures, but the design used is some form of experimentation or statistical analysis.

More specifically there exist major sub-systems such as the economy, the polity, religious institutions, the educational system and so on which contain 1 For a broad interpretation of the significance of Gofifman's work see B. Glaser and A. Strauss, Awareness contexts and social interaction, American Sociological Review, 29 (Oct. 1964), 669. 2 E. Shils, in D. , Trends in Social Science, pp. 60-83, New York, Philosophical Library, 1961. 52 AN INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY organizations having decision-making elites.

The vehemence with which academics defend their subjects from the encroachments of other specialists is partly explained by this factor of professional selfinterest.

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