Chapter One: The Sociological Perspective
I. The Sociological Perspective.
A. Sociology is the systematic study of human society.
B. The sociological perspective (Berger, 1963) helps us to see general social patterns in the behavior of particular individuals (the general in the particular).
C. It also encourages us to realize that society guides our thoughts and deeds — to see the strange in the familiar (Berger, 1963).
D. Sociology also encourages us to see personal choice in social context.
1. For example, Emile Durkheim’s (1858-1917) research showed that the suicide rate was strongly influenced by the extent to which people were socially integrated with others.
2. WINDOW ON THE WORLD—Global Map 1–1 (p. 4): Women’s Childbearing in Global Perspective. A look around the world shows that childbearing is not a personal choice. Women living in poor countries have many more children than women living in high-income nations.
II. The Importance of a Global Perspective.
A. Sociologists also strive to see issues in global perspective, defined as the study of the larger world and our society’s place in it.
1. Seeing Sociology in Everyday Life—The Sociological Imagination: Turning Personal Problems into Public Issues (Mills, 1959). Mills argued that society, not people’s personal failings, is the cause of poverty and other social problems. The power of the sociological perspective lies not just in changing individual lives but in transforming society.
The sociological perspective, and sociological research and methodology are both key components to a full understanding of sociology. The sociological perspective has to do with looking at the differences between a individuals perspective, and the perspective of the society that individual is a part of. Sociological research is based around how sociology is looked at, and developed by means of observations and experiments. Sociological methodology are the many ways in which sociologists gather…
interact and have relationships with each other in different ways. Sociology is how social scientists use systematic and objective, critical thinking to understand how humans and society function. Sociologists utilize three main sociological perspectives - functionalism, conflict, and interactionism – in order to describe how the world works (Schaefer 2015). The functionalist theory, introduced by Émile Durkheim, attempts to explain society like a living organism such as a tree (Schaefer 2015).…
Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology 's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from family to the state, from the division of race and social class to the shared beliefs of common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. (Sociology.unc.edu, 2016)
In order to use sociological imagination to address public issues it is important to understand different sociological perspectives.
Poverty can be…
Prof. Michael Fraser
December 6, 2012
Explain and discuss Sociology concepts. State assumptions and provide examples from the articles to support and strengthen your point of view. Offer your opinion. Write references correctly using the ASA format.
c) Ten other sociological concepts (five from each article)
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What is Sociology?
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Jean de Dieu Kamiri
The Comparison of the Three Main Sociological Perspectives as Well as One the Main Theorists
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The sociological perspective is extremely diverse, even when it comes to the perception of reality. An event from your perspective could be entirely different from another person 's perspective depending on factors influencing their personal lives. Your opinion may even differ from those in your family who have grown in the same environment. Within the sociological perspective lies different concepts that help explain this diversity. Sociologists must study people using knowledge of what is…