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First, it’s important to distinguish Sociology from the other social sciences. Sociology is different from Anthropology in that sociology looks at current groups of people or societies of people. Anthropology looks at ancient civilizations. Psychology is concerned with personalities and how the brain/mind work. Again, sociology isn’t necessarily concerned with these kinds of ideas. When we say that Sociology is a science, it’s different than Chemistry or Biology….. We aren’t measuring things in test tubes. While we may attempt to control some variables, we can’t do experiments in every situation. However, we do attempt to bring rigor into our discipline. That rigor and scientific method will be discussed later on. We also distinguish between personal troubles and issues. SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION It’s important that we make the distinction between personal experience and sociological perspective. We know that our biography shapes us. Our biography is our experiences. Our experiences shape our choices.
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Because we live in an individualistic society, learning to see how society affects us may take some practice. Think about how you choose your significant other. We’d like to think it’s because we “love” that person, their qualities – their traits. But actually, there are thing such as location, social class, race, societal pressures, education all play a role in how we choose our significant other. This leads me to a discussion on common sense. We sort of rely on common sense to get us through some unfamiliar situations. Yet, sometimes this common sense knowledge, while sometimes accurate, is not always reliable or accurate because it rests on commonly held beliefs rather than systematic analysis of facts. Contrary to the common notion that women tend to be more chatty
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