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Loïc Wacquant distinguishes three major strains of positivism: Durkheimian , Logical, and Instrumental.  None of these are the same as that set forth by Comte, who was unique in advocating such a rigid (and perhaps optimistic) version.   While Émile Durkheim rejected much of the detail of Comte's philosophy, he retained and refined its method. Durkheim maintained that the social sciences are a logical continuation of the natural ones into the realm of human activity, and insisted that they should retain the same objectivity, rationalism, and approach to causality.  He developed the notion of objective sui generis "social facts" to delineate a unique empirical object for the science of sociology to study. 
Now that you’ve read a brief history of the YFZ, FLDS culture and socialization and recent history, contrast the average US child’s socialization into their life stages to an average FLDS Child’s. FLDS children might follow this course for females: infancy, preschool, home school years, teen marriage as second or third wife to middle-aged man, motherhood, 7-12 children by age 40, adulthood, middle adulthood, and finally later-life adulthood—with years as a widow since she might have been 16 when she married her 40 year-old husband and he would likely die 25 years later, leaving her a widow at 41. The life stages for males would be infancy, home school years, adolescences, and excommunication (from family, friends, church, and world taken for granted around age 15-16), abrupt dislocation from a familiar world-taken-for-granted into a strange and at time dangerous, work, then who knows after that.
Students who are interested in this subject may wonder what possibilities a career in this field may hold. Undergraduate majors and minors are useful mainly as background preparation for other careers. In social work the higher paid jobs demand a master's degree in social work and a strong post graduate degree in social work/sociology is usually recommended, you can find more information here.
Sociology is now taught and studied in all continents of the world. Examples from 48 countries in the world have been collected at McMaster University.