The Importance Of Public Sociology

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I believe that theory matters because we use theory in our everyday lives whether we realize it or not. We base our decisions, thoughts, and actions on the theories we hold. We formulate our theories from our past, personal experiences. The theories we hold, not only affects what we do or how we behave as individuals, but can also affect the communities we live in, and the world around us. An example of this would be when the leaders of our country make decisions on the economy, vote in new laws, develop social programs, or even decide on to go to war. They base their decisions on theories that they have formulated from past experiences and exposures. Every decision they make affects some level of society, even if they are unaware of it.
Even though there is no formal definition of public sociology, one could say that it is a form of sociology that is used outside of the academic setting, geared toward non-academic members of society and institutions. It applies sociology principles to situations found in everyday life. It focuses on social problems and/or questions in American society and helps public institutions find ways to solve them; problems such as, equal rights, homelessness, education, unemployment, housing, and healthcare, etc.
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It’s having an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the social problems facing society today.
I feel that I am learning how to critically analyze different relationships within society. It is an ongoing process where I have the potential to formulate different theories throughout my lifetime as I learn from my past experiences. I’m not sure that one can ever reach full critical consciousness because society is constantly evolving and

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