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Social Research, Empirical
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Empirical social research is a significant requirement for the social sciences (sociology, psychology, ethnology, economics) to the extent that they consider themselves factual sciences. It comprises the development and application of methods and techniques for discovering theoretically relevant information about social issues and situations, confirmed by explicitly systematic study. This information includes (a) objective data (e.g. legal structures, institutional structures, structures of …

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Feige, Andreas, “Social Research, Empirical”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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