Belief Systems - Belief Systems In this section I want to...

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Belief Systems. In this section I want to pick-up on an earlier point that was mentioned and direct your attention to a couple of important ideas: a. Firstly, the idea that we can identify and group related beliefs about the nature of the social world into ideologies (or belief systems) and b. Secondly, that the social world in which we live is invariably characterised by the existence of a number of complementary and competitive belief systems - ideologies that claim to be able to explain the nature and basis of the social and / or natural world. Sociologists, whatever their particular perspective (or theoretical belief system if you prefer), tend to agree that social life consists of people acting in accordance with their beliefs about the nature of that world (where disagreement tends to rapidly enter the equation is over the source and production of those beliefs - something that does not concern us for the moment).
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