Introduction Sociological vs common sense

Introduction Sociological vs common sense - Sociology H...

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1 Sociology H Social Sciences (Sociological versus common sense explanations) Today’s class outline Sociological thinking Examples & origins of common sense/naturalistic thinking Private troubles/public issues
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2 Suggested texts Sociology Alive (2nd edition) Stephen Moore Stanley Thornes Publishers Ltd Sociology a new approach (3rd edition) Haralambos, Smith, O’Gorman, Heald Causeway Press
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3 What is distinctive about sociological thinking? The study of human behaviour is not unique to sociology What makes sociology distinctive is not what is studied but how it is studied Most of us will be familiar with ‘common sense’ answers to social questions and may rely on a number of non-sociological ways of thinking
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4 ‘Common Sense' Explanations ‘Common sense is not something rigid and stationary. It creates the folklore of the future…of popular knowledge in a given time and place.’ Antonio Gramsci Or, as Gary Young (2008) puts it, ‘Common sense represents the received wisdom of years and the widespread opinion of the day. It may be rooted in fact, fiction, rumour or reality. On one level it doesn’t matter. So long as it is commonly held, then, in essence, common sense becomes a fact of life.’
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This note was uploaded on 11/23/2011 for the course SOC 111 taught by Professor Brown,r during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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