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on a job—or perhaps better stated, an
•And no matter what the topic of that
assignment, certain tasks must be done:
assignment, a specific topic must be addressed
terms must be clearly defined
evidence must be presented
common knowledge must be accounted for
exceptions must be explained
causes must be shown to precede effects
and to be capable of the effect
conclusions must be shown to follow
logically from earlier arguments and
evidence • As critical readers and writers, we want
to assure ourselves that these tasks
have been completed in a complete,
comprehensive, and consistent manner.
• Only once we have determined that a
text is consistent and coherent can we
then begin to evaluate whether or not to
accept the assertions and conclusions
accept As readers, we want to accept as fact
only that which is actually true.
To evaluate a conclusion, we must
evaluate the evidence upon which that
conclusion is based.
We do not want just any information; we
want reliable information.
To assess the validity of remarks within a
text, we must go outside a text and bring
to bear outside knowledge and standards.
to C. WRIGHT MILLS:
C. THE SOCIOLOGICAL
The Sociological Imagination
Like all systematic approaches to
the study of human and natural
reality, sociology has a method or
style of approach.
Many people argue that C. Wright
Mills’ idea of a ‘sociological
imagination’ (1959) best describes
the essential approach of being
. What is the sociological imagination?
What Mills describes it as:
“. . . a quality of mind that helps
us use information and develop
reason to make sense of what is
going on in the world and how it
is affecting us as humans”.
is Please elaborate: “While we sense that we cannot
overcome troubles outside one’s
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