Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Mark Rousseau
Dr. Theodore H. Tsoukalas
Dr. William C. Pratt
This thesis addresses the relevance of paradigms to the field of social stratification. Social stratification articles appearing in the American Sociological Review and the American Journal of Sociology from the years 1953-1990 are analyzed. The results provide evidence for a multiplicity of paradigms within the field. A life cycle model for paradigm development is proposed to account for the changes exhibited by the paradigms. I suggested that paradigms go through four stages and that movement through each stage is caused by interactions between the paradigms. Similarities and differences to Kuhn's original paradigm concept are emphasized, and suggestions are provided for improving the usage of the concept of paradigm within the discipline of sociology.
Williams, Kaj E., "Conflicting Partial Paradigms: An Analysis of Stratification Articles, 1953-1990" (1993). Student Work. 669.
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