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. 
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If you’ve read the book or have seen the movie The Help , you will recognize that the main character (Skeeter) uses snowball sampling as she seeks interview subjects for the book she is writing on the conditions for black women doing housework for white families in the 1960s. In this case, Skeeter identifies one domestic worker who is willing to speak with her about her experiences. That person, Aibileen, then recruits more domestic workers for Skeeter to interview.
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