Social Perspective Of Sociology

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MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY 2015-2016 FALL ACADEMIC SEMESTER POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS DEPARTMENT INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY AND POLITICS COURSE INSTRUCTOR: PROF. DR. ZÜLKÜF AYDIN PREPARED BY: MEHMET TOSUN TOPIC: THE SOCILOGICAL IMAGINATION THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION The meaning or the definition of sociology has always been a controversy. According to J. Macionis and K. Plummer 's book ; sociology is the systematic study of human society. Sociology is more than the statistical facts and figures which is given in a book. Actually sociology is a type of thinking style in other words it is the ability of critically seeing the society. There are many people who made their definition on sociology, for example;…show more content…
This is briefly examining why we do the stuff. This perspective says us there is a reason what we do in life. For example, why we chose this university? The answer might be because this university known as the best one in the area or maybe we are thought that if university is close to our house this is the best choice. With an another angle, why generally we go university at the ages between 18-24? Is it a universe rule? We can find out the reasons behind them by looking to the society the glass of "seeing the strange in the familiar". Paulen Schulenberg says that we are prisoners in the society because we are ruled by our culture, religion, family etc. Moreover, the "beauty" might mean being tall and slim for European societies but it might be being fat in African…show more content…
Although there are benefits of sociological perspective,there are also three main problems with sociological perspective. The first one is that world is constiniously and rapidly changing. The thing that we found out yesterday can not be true tomorrow. The following problem with the sociological perspective is, different from hard sciences like physics, chemistry or biology in sociology sociologists are also part of the thing which they study. They may have the knowledge where they born but it does not have to valid in other geographies and that is the reason why socilogists may remain "ethnocentric" and this is a problem for understanding other societies. The final problem with sociological perspective is that, because sociological found outs will be released to society it might cause more trouble in society if it related to a problematic issue. For example, if a socilogist releases the reasons of sexual assault, the society would have more information about it and more and more sexual assalult news might be written. To sum up, there are some problems with sociological perspective and shortly they are sociology is part of the changing world, sociologists are part of the thing what they are studying and because sociology has an impact on society sociologial knowledge becomes a part of
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