A1 - accept official interpretations of society."...

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A. Debunking According to Berger, it's the job of sociology to debunk commonly accepted notions about society. Debunking is a process of questioning actions and ideas that are usually taken for granted. It refers to looking behind the facade of everyday life. It refers to looking at the behind-the-scenes patterns and processes that shape the behavior B. Being Skeptical Barkan (1997:5) contends that sociology, given the emphasis on the structural basis for individual behavior, often challenges conventional wisdom . He cites Max Weber in arguing that one of sociology's most important goals is to uncover what Weber called "inconvenient facts ." Peter Berger (in Barkan, 1997:6) contends "sociology refuses to
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Unformatted text preview: accept official interpretations of society." Often official interpretations are filled with propaganda. According to Berger, it's the job of sociology to debunk this motif . With this in mind, students of sociology should acquire a healthy skepticism regarding overly simplified (or commonly accepted) conceptions of human affairs . It is tempting to look for simple answers or what Ross Perot (1992) calls " sound bites " to explain complex social phenomena. Example: Hitler blamed Germany's post-World War One problems on the Jews. Example: Few realize the benefits associated with undocumented immigration. Example: Are drugs bad? Many don't consider that the United States exports dangerous drugs (e.g., tobacco)....
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This note was uploaded on 11/22/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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