The sociologists wring their hands about nuance in interpreting findings

So a guy from Duke says, at the annual meeting of the sociologists, crudely I might say, that nuance has been innapropriately enshrined as a key to good sociology research and commentary. I would agree, but I would say that sociological research is too often tainted with politically driven confirmation bias and tunnel vision and nuance may be a way to enable that overreach. Does nuance mean I am smarter than you and how and why is a nuanced mystery?

For example I could nuance my way to a theory and not talk straight about what leads me to that theory.

Nuance would be an artifice to be condemned if it used to bolster outcome or confirmation bias.

The Duke guy says it may be nothing more than pretentiousness. That too.

You decide what this is all about.


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