Title

Social research and homelessness: A consideration of methods with diffuse social populations

Date of Award

1994

Availability

Article

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Department

Sociology

First Committee Member

John W. Murphy, Committee Chair

Abstract

Epistemological and ontological differences between positivistic social science research tradition and alternate social research approaches, with greater degrees of situational and social sensitivity, were examined. The nature of diffuse social populations, and their inherent features significant to the conduct of social research, was considered. Homelessness and unique features of the homeless population as a diffuse social population were assessed and described. Influential scientific writings undertaken from a positive scientific perspective were analyzed and criticized. Recommendations were made for making more relevant social analyses of diffuse populations such as the homeless, especially for purposes of informing and advising public policy.

Keywords

Sociology, Theory and Methods; Sociology, Public and Social Welfare; Sociology, Social Structure and Development

Link to Full Text

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