Sociology and Common Sense

Sociology and Common Sense - Sociology and Common Sense

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Sociology and Common Sense Many people mistakenly believe that sociology is the study of the obvious. They claim  that sociology is nothing but the application of common sense. But equating any science  with simple common sense could not be further from the truth! Common sense is not  always “common,” nor “sensible.” Statements like “Birds of a feather flock together” and  “Opposites attract,” while supposedly based on common knowledge, contradict each  other. Because common sense does not always accurately predict reality, people need  something else. Not every sociological finding is revolutionary; many findings do appear consistent with  common sense. By systematically testing common sense beliefs against facts,  sociologists can sort out which popular beliefs hold true and which do not. To  accomplish this, sociologists use a variety of social science research designs and  methods. Sociology as a discipline is more than common sense. Sociology is a method of inquiry  that requires the systematic testing of beliefs against evidence. Sociologists, therefore,  make determining whether specific ideas are fact or fiction their job. The Founders of Sociology Each field of academic study has its own cast of characters, and sociology is no  exception. Although countless individuals have contributed to sociology's development  into a social science, several individuals deserve special mention. Auguste Comte
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ANTHRO 2000 taught by Professor Monicaoyola during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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