A very telling paper from 1967 written by a top sociologist called Howard S. Becker. Becker, H. S. (1967). Whose side are we on?. Social problems, 14(3), 239-247. I quote: To have values or not to have values: the question is always with us. When sociologists undertake to study problems that have relevance to the world we live in, they find themselves caught in a crossfire. Some urge them not to take sides, to be neutral and do research that is technically correct and value free. Others tell them their work is shallow and useless if it does not express a deep commitment to a value position.