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The concept of paradigm in the theories of R. Merton and T. Kuhn: A comparative analysis

Author Rybakova V.
Pages 143-149
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Keywords paradigm, codification of sociological theory, functions of paradigm, qualitative data analysis, normal science, scientific revolution
Abstract (summary) This article analyses Robert Merton’s and Thomas Kuhn’s approaches to the concept of paradigm. Whereas Merton identifies the function of a paradigm in analysing data obtained within a social study, Kuhn considers a paradigm as a key notion at a certain stage of the development of science – that of normal science. It is stressed that, despite differences in approaches, the theories do not contradict but rather complement each other.
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