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Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas

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MESSU, Michel  and  ALBUQUERQUE, Cristina. Difference in stature and gender inequality: what are the sociological arguments?. Sociologia, Problemas e Práticas [online]. 2019, n.91, pp.59-75. ISSN 0873-6529.

The present article seeks to emphasize the need to distinguish, in sociology, the arguments of scientific explanation and the arguments of ideological explanation. Using an example associated with the difference in stature between the two sexes, the epistemological incongruities of passing from de facto judgments to value judgments - which would require a clarification of the assumptions inherent to their enunciation - are explained and discussed. In this sense, it is argued that, by changing the explanatory framework, one can, surreptitiously, move from the factual record to the valuation record, thus attributing to a difference of stature the meaning of a gender inequality.

Keywords : epistemology; sociology; difference in height; gender inequality.

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