Components of Reality Reality as a mediated experience is different for each individual. This was pointed out by Aaron Cicourel in his book Cognitive Sociology . Yet, we remain able to converse intelligently with others because of shared understandings. Durkheim identified these features of collective life as "social facts." Reality is in turn mediated to each individual, and these images are internalized and accepted as fact. Components of an individual's interpretation of reality include a combination of the following: Experience Socialization Mass Media Academic Studies Experience Obviously, some of the knowledge of reality we possess is based on experience. Some even go so far as to claim that experience is the only basis for understanding reality clearly. I have witnessed this in classes when students who work in the criminal justice system caution others about presuming they know something about policing, the courts, or corrections
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This note was uploaded on 11/18/2011 for the course CJ 110 taught by Professor Celeste during the Spring '08 term at Montgomery.