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Unformatted text preview: Sociology: A Down-to-earth Approach James M. Henslin Chapter One: The Sociological Perspective Sociology and the Other Sciences The Natural Sciences Explain and Predict Events in Natural Environment The Social Sciences Examine Human Relationships Sociology and the Other Sciences Political Science Studies How People Govern Themselves Economics Studies the Production and Distribution of Goods and Services Anthropology The Study of Culture Sociology and the Other Sciences Psychology The Study of Processes Within Individuals Sociology Similarities to Other Disciplines What Is Sociology? Sociology does not focus on individuals and their mental or emotional states; not concerned with internal motivations for behavior. Examines how factors external to individuals give rise to particular behaviors or situations and how social actors, through their membership in specific social groups, experience and interpret these behaviors and situations. The Goal of Sc...
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