use of official statistics in sociology

a critique of positivism and ethnomethodology.
  • 63 Pages
  • 1.64 MB
  • English
Macmillan , [London]
Sociology -- Statistical methods, Sociology -- Method
SeriesStudies in sociology
LC ClassificationsHM24 .H54
The Physical Object
Pagination63 p.
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5471250M
ISBN 100333137728
LC Control Number73174368

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Barry Hindess; Series Title Studies in Sociology. Read this book on Questia. CHAPTER 1 has identified two types of argument relating to the production of official statistics and their use by social scientists: that concerned with the making and recording of observations and that concerned with the processing and assembling of statistical materials out of observers' reports.

The Use of Official Statistics in Sociology A Critique of Positivism and Ethnomethodology. Authors (view affiliations) Barry Hindess. Official statistics are numerical data-sets, produced by official governmental agencies mainly for administrative purposes, including the Census, crime figures, health data, income and employment rates, as well as those based on government-sponsored social surveys.

The Use of Official Statistics in Sociology: A Critique of Positivism and Ethnomethodology Studies in Sociology, ISSN Author: Barry Hindess: Edition: illustrated: Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK, Original from: the University of Michigan: Digitized: Length: 63 pages: Subjects.

Official statistics are a major source of secondary term refers to any set of data collected by the government or other official body, for example official crime statistics, unemployment figures, demographic statistics collected from the census, etc.

Advantages of official statistics are that they are likely to involve a much larger sample than a sociologist could ever achieve.

Official statistics are statistics published by government agencies or other public bodies such as international organizations as a public provide quantitative or qualitative information on all major areas of citizens' lives, such as economic and social development, living conditions, health, education, and the environment.

During the 15th and 16th centuries, statistics were a method. Official crime statistics are generated by what is recorded by the police and then what is processed through the criminal justice system. In the Office for National Statistics removed their "gold standard" from police statistics on the grounds that they were simply unreliable due to inconsistencies in recording and even deliberate fiddling of the statistics.

Alongside the Crime Survey. Even a rudimentary knowledge of statistics will make you better able to evaluate statistical claims made by reporters, weather forecasters, television advertisers, political candidates, government officials, and other persons who may use statistics.

Positivism. Positivists prefer quantitative methods such as social surveys, structured questionnaires and official statistics because these have good reliability and representativeness.; Positivists see society as shaping the individual and believe that ‘social facts’ shape individual action.

The positivist tradition stresses the importance of doing quantitative research such as large. official statistics sociology A popular source of secondary data for sociologists is the large amount of official statistics collected by national and local government for example births, death and marriage data as well as education data and crime data.

Cicourel said that this is the only use of official statistics, partly because all statistics involve classifying things, when such decisions are really subjective. When assessing this view, it seems it cannot be applied to all types of official statistics, especially those concerning data on age and gender.

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Statistics provide a wide variety of data that would normally be inaccessible to the sociologist (due to the cost of collection, for example). We can note two main sources of statistical data: 1. Official statistics refers to numerical data collected and published by Governments (for example, crime or marriage statistics).

Genre/Form: Ethnomethologie: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Hindess, Barry. Use of official statistics in sociology.

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Sociologists frequently use statistics to support or debunk a theory. However, the use of statistics to examine social issues has its detractors and some work on the principle that there are ‘lies, damned lies and statistics’. Therefore the use of statistics in sociological research has to be done carefully and sensitively.

“Official statistics are. Official crime statistics. Sociologists can gain quick and easy access to UK government crime statistics.

Although these may be helpful to an extent, there are many reasons why these figures may not be entirely reliable. The most obvious of these is that there is an unknown gap between recorded crime and crimes which go either unreported or.

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score:and 4. official statistics are produced from their two main sources, police records and the BCS. It also looks at what the data from each appear to tell us about the scale of crime and trends over time, and.

Cicourel declared this is the simply use of recognized statistics, to some extent because every statistics involve classifying items, when this kind of decisions actually are subjective. When assessing this kind of view, it seems like it can not be applied to all kinds of official stats, especially those relating to data on age and gender.

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Types of official statistics. The term official statistics includes three types of statistics produced by public bodies: National Statistics, which have been assessed by the Office for Statistics Regulation as fully compliant with the Code of Practice for Statistics.

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who may use official statistics as background or supporting data fre-quently balk at using them as the sole basis for testing hypotheses.

They regard them as too statistical and as not being "real" sociology. Actually, of course, much good sociological research can be, and is, based entirely on the use of official statistics Statistics, in the modern sense of the word, began evolving in the 18th century in response to the novel needs of industrializing sovereign evolution of statistics is, in particular, intimately connected with the development of European states following the peace of Westphalia (), and with the development of probability theory, which put statistics on a firm theoretical basis.

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Assess the Advantages and Disadvantages of Official Statistics Official statistics are quantitative data produced by local and national government bodies, and can cover a wide range of behaviour including births, deaths, marriages and divorce, income, crime, and work and leisure.

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