"Values are involved in the selection
of the problems we study; values are also involved in certain of the key
conceptions we use in our formulation of these problems, and values affect
the course of their solution. So far as conceptions are concerned,
the aim ought to be to use as many 'value-neutral' terms as possible and
to become aware of and to make explicit the value implications that remain.
So far as problems are concerned, the aim ought to be, again, to be clear
about the values in terms of which they are selected, and then to avoid
as best one can evaluative bias in their solution, no matter where that
solution takes one and no matter what its moral or political implications
may be" (The Sociological Imagination,
1959, p. 78).