Meaning of ABSTRACTED EMPIRICISM

Meaning of ABSTRACTED EMPIRICISM:

As given by C. Wright Mills, abstracted empiricism refers to gathering of sociological data for its own sake, without seeking to develop a theory that would give sense and worth to the data. Mills was critical of such trends in sociology. He was equally critical of theories that focused on overgeneralisations with little or no data to support them like the theory given by Talcott Parsons. Mills coined the term Grand theory for Parson’s theory. According to him, neither of the above type of theories has much significance for sociology.