Aboriginal Self Determination in Australia

This quantity represents the lawsuits of a convention celebrating the overseas yr for the World's Indigenous Peoples, held in Townsville, Queensland, in 1993.

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These predictions are quite secure and are based on the fact that we do not know how to cure cancer and leukemia. Many predictive schemes in sociology are of this order. A scientist is able to predict with high precision who in a cohort of high school students is likely to attain a college degree; yet any explanation of this fact is often lacking. ) A third scientifc goal of the sociologist, which follows from symbolic interactionism, is attaining an intimate familarity with the social processes under investigation.

Any encounter between an investigator and a subject shall be termed an observational encounter. The interactants shall be called observer and observed. The situations will range from laboratories, offices, classrooms,living rooms-even automobiles. The time sequence may be brief, lasting no longer than a few minutes, or may extend into months and years, as it does in long-term field studies. Every research method represents a special combination of these interactive elements. Some, like the experiment, are relatively short-term, include A POINT OF VIEW 25 persons who remain unacquainted, and occur in structured situations.

Change is difficult to establish, and concepts are sensitized only when open-ended questions are used. Participant observation ranks high on all dimensions, and this fact reflects the commitment of most users of this approach to some version of symbolic interactionism. (See Wax, 1971, pp. ) Unobtrusive methods rank low on everything but the ability to record behavior settings and to sensitize concepts. ) Like participant observation, the life history and historical method ranks high on all dimensions.

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