Examples Of Commonsense Knowledge And Myths

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1. What are commonsense knowledge and myths, and how are they different from sociological knowledge?

Common sense knowledge is usually generalizations. Common sense observations are not subjected to the strict forms of testing that is necessary for valid sociological explanations. Myths are stories of people explaining natural or social phenomenon involving supernatural events or beings. Myths are also widely held false beliefs or ideas. Sociological knowledge usually start with a theory that can be tested in a systematic way.

2. What is the sociological imagination? How might it be useful in your everyday life?

Sociological imagination is the ability to look beyond one’s own understanding of what everyday life is. C. Wright Mills used this concept
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Writing was considered masculine and during that time she was only known for translating Comte’s ideas into English.

9. Define Spencer 's concept of social Darwinism. Explain how social Darwinism can be viewed as inconsistent with the emphasis on individualism in the United States.

Spencer disagreed with social reform and believed in applying the biological concepts of natural selection and survival of the fittest to society and politics.

Social Darwinism consists of many theories. It has been scrutinized as being one of the most inconsistent philosophies because it does not lead to any clear conclusion. Individuals struggle for existence in the US causes them to collaborate without clear expectations from one another. This leads to capitalism and the fight for social reform.

10. What did Emile Durkheim mean by "social facts?" What kinds of social facts have you encountered today?

Durkheim social facts are referring to the concepts and expectations from community responses. He determined social patterns that affected society as a

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