Social Analysis.ppt - Social Analysis is the effort to obtain a coherent and critical understanding of a social situation We must Examine historical and

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Unformatted text preview: Social Analysis is the effort to obtain a coherent and critical understanding of a social situation. We must Examine: historical and structural relationships. We must be aware: of our world view and bias. Step 1: Understanding the Situation Ask informational Questions: who, what, when, where, why, how Pay attention to what is missing as well as what you find Who holds Power? What are they willing to do to keep it? what data supports what you discover? Step 2: Analyze the situation What patterns emerge from the data? What do the patterns show regarding political, social, economic structures? Which patterns are causes of the problem, which are symptoms? Step 3: Discovering Meaning Identify the values operating in the situation Which values are explicitly stated and which ones are implicitly acted upon? Who speaks for these values? Individuals, political party? society as a whole? Social Analysis identifies the role an ideology takes in justifying alienating systems. Theological Reflection: Unmasks the problems which social analysis identifies as social sin. How does Catholic social teaching identify a challenge and propose a solution? where is the need for grace, reconciliation and conversion in society? How does scripture speak to the issue? i.e. WWJD? WWJS? WWMS? How does faith give us hope in the face of a challenge that seems impossible to change? ...
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