This problem is especially important for those within the social sciences who study qualitative mental phenomena, such as consciousness , associative meanings, and mental representations , because a rejection of the study of meanings would lead to the reclassification of such research as non-scientific. Influential traditions like psychodynamic theory and symbolic interactionism may be the first victims of such a paradigm shift. The philosophical issues lying in wait behind these different positions have led to commitments to certain kinds of methodology which have sometimes bordered on the partisan.
Still, many researchers have indicated a lack of patience for overly dogmatic proponents of one method or another. Social research remains extremely common and effective in practise with respect to political institutions and businesses. Michael Burawoy has marked the difference between public sociology , which is focused firmly on practical applications, and academic or professional sociology, which involves dialogue amongst other social scientists and philosophers.
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Structure and agency forms an enduring debate in social theory: "Do social structures determine an individual's behaviour or does human agency? Discussions over the primacy of structure or agency relate to the very core of social ontology "What is the social world made of?
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