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Diviya Agrawal Introduction to Sociology 9/12/07 Lessons 1&2 Questions 1, 2 & 5 1. Why study sociology, what is sociology? How might sociology help you think about what you take for granted to be 'true, beautiful and just and good' ? You must support your response using the course materials. Sociology is a broad discipline which focuses around the central idea that people are who they are because of their culture within their society (Charon, 309). Peoples’ beliefs, ideals, morals, and perceptions spring from the societies they are born into (Charon, 309). For example, a girl who grows up with parents who abuse one another may internalize domestic violence as justifiable. Another girl who has grown up with parents who respect and love each other will understand an act of violence as wrong and disrespectful. Sociologists study the societies from which these people come from to better understand how the individual and the community work together to keep the status quo going (lecture, et al). Sociologists want to understand why people preserve the norms they are taught, i.e. taking a shower, critically examining how individualism is suppressed in order to keep control and order (lecture, et al). If everyone was allowed to believe what they wanted no one would be living in a unified reality and a possible chaos would emerge. By using sociology to understand why individuals and groups behave the way they do we can begin to implement social change to achieve goals such as equality to better our societies (lecture, et al). Sociology can also help to resolve conflicts by using understanding instead of anger. Sociologists want people to look further into themselves and their environment that what has just been told to them. (lecture, et al).Sociologists want individuals to use their social imagination, or the act of understanding your problems as less of a personal issue by viewing them as a more public issue which stem from societies structure and culture (wikipedia, et al). This way people are less likely to blame themselves and work to implement change rather than blame.
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