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Examples of Diagrams in Sociology

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Path Diagrams to Illustrate Causality

An early use of "Path analysis" was by Peter Blau and Otis Dudley Duncanin The American Occupational Structure (1978). They analyzed data collected from a sample of adult male children and their families and proposed a simple model of the occupational attainment process:

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Note: the lower case eE and eO stand for other factors that effect outcomes.


"Each … direct effect … needs to have a theoretical statement about the mechanism that … generat[es] the observable association. Higher father's education may affect son's education by providing the child with higher expectations, and support for attainment. …One of the key insights of the Blau-Duncan model is that the effects of ascriptive characteristics on the son's success may be both direct and indirect" (Hanneman).

Two by Two Tables to Generate Concepts

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Kronman, Max Weber

See Also

Wikipedia "Sociological Diagrams"
Graphic Sociology (a blog)