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INTERSECTIONS – Babbie 1. According to Babbie, what is sociology? According to Babbie, sociology is an exanimation of the rules that govern our lives together; what they are, how they arise, and how they change. It requires a special approach to the rules of social life that differs from other fields. 2. How does sociology differ from common sense? Provide an example that illustrates the difference. Sociology differs from common sense in the fact that common sense requires reasoning and sociology requires both reasoning and empirical evidence. For instance, Dr. George Graham was quoted as saying that black children are no more likely to be malnourished than white children, citing black children’s higher national average height nationwide. Using common sense, this would be reasonable. Eating healthier foods would logically promote greater height. However, by taking a sociological standpoint, you would discover that black children’s height is the result of genetics, and not a healthier diet. In this, sociology takes a closer, more critical view of things that common sense does not. 3.
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