Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology and Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. William Clute

Second Advisor

Dr. Mark Roussea

Third Advisor

Dr. Deana Finkler


Sociology has long claimed to be an objective, value free science (Hinkle and Hinkle, 1954; Bates, 1967i Caplow, 1971). The research process is expected to be unaffected by the personal values, hopes,and prejudices of the researcher. Superficially, such claims can simply refer to professional ethics in gathering, analyzing, and presenting data. Violations at this level, albeit unintentional, are usually sufficiently manifest to be detected in professional review and replication attempts.


Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Master of Arts degree in the Department of Sociology University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Barbara R. Keating May, 1979