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Week 2 Reading Questions

Week 2 Reading Questions - understand and analyze their...

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Week 2: Sociological Competence Reading Questions: 1. According to Lemert, what are the four questions all sociologies try to answer? 2. What, according to Lemert, is sociological competence? 3. How are professional and practical sociological competence related? 4. How are they different? 5. Toni Cade Bambara has written a fictional short story. Often, as researchers, we interview people and they also tell us stories about their lives. Sometimes these stories are very clear and linear and other times they are not linear and are often coded or oblique. First, read the story carefully and be able to succinctly report what the story is about and what happens in it, i.e. the basic plot. In other words, observe the facts. 6. The people in the story and Bambara the writer use the sociological imagination to
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Unformatted text preview: understand and analyze their personal troubles and the problems facing their small community. Find at least one specific example of: sociological competence and the application of the sociological imagination. You should be able to identify a trouble and a social analysis of it. 7. In Bambara’s story, social change is not something distant, out there done by professional politicians, but is woven into the fabric of everyday life. Find a couple of examples in Bambara’s text where social change is part of everyday life. The title of this story is “The Organizer’s Wife.” What is the main point Bambara is making about organizing?...
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