Theories of the middle range are an approach to sociological theorizing aimed at integrating theory and empirical research. Middle range theories are principally used in sociology to guide empirical inquiry. It allows sociologists to find a way through the big abstract picture of society that does not allow any research. It helps to bring the focus down to a more manageable
This study relied on the questionnaire as another key method of data collection, because it identifies and captures questions about a subject. For this particular study, the survey consisted of both closed ended and open-ended questions. Unlike the IDIs where the researcher wanted have insights , in the survey , there were more closed ended questions to ensure only the needed information was provided. Open-ended questions served as a way of clarifying points and perceptions that were not clear enough in other studies or for the researcher. Overall, the survey questions served as a guide and to give the researcher information that will
To me, sociological imagination is being able to set aside your beliefs to evaluate social issues going on in the world with a clear mind. Willingness, detachment and shifting are three characteristics of a sociological imagination. Willingness is a big part of having a sociological imagination because someone who isn’t willing to do this, isn’t going to successfully achieve it. Detachment is being able to detach yourself from your values and look at issues in another light. Shifting is being able to easily see one perspective and then see another perspective that is a bigger picture.
I . Metatheoretical Issues Ontological assumptions are intended to address the social reality, or the relationship between the individual and society. By addressing the underlying issues, sociologist attempt to uncover the cause behind the addressed issue. Marx, Durkheim and Weber represent three separate methods of achieving these ontological assumptions. Each provides a different emphasis in their individual content however the end goal remains the same, explaining the relationship between individual and society.
C. Wright Mills wanted to understand how transformations in our society or around the world could affect our everyday lives. This curiosity led to Mills doing research, asking questions, and eventually coining the term “sociological imagination”, which he describes as a way to help emphasize the value of adopting a sociological perspective for understanding the world around us. He believed one of the key ways people could understand society and social change was to apply this social imagination. We as people normally think of our own problems as being a private matter of character, chance, or circumstance, and we overlook the fact that these may be caused in part by, or are at least occurring within, a specific cultural and historical context.
The three primary theoretical perspectives provide an explanation as to how society has influenced me, with each perspective conceptualizing society, societal forces, and human behavior. I am able to analyze my life on a micro level with Symbolic Interactionism in which I use symbols to explain how I view the world and communicate with others. Both Functionalism and Conflict Theory can be analyzed on a macro level. With Functionalism, I can inspect the relationships and interrelated parts that make up society and how these aspects of society affect my life. As for Conflict Theory, I can investigate how competition for scarce resources can also affect my
In Mills’ publication, he describes the sociological imagination as “a quality of mind that will help them [humans] to use information and to develop reason in order to achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and of what may be happening within themselves”. (Mills, 2000, p. 5). Giddens, in his publication ‘Sociology: A brief but critical introduction’, concurs with Mills’ definition of the sociological imagination, and further states that three particular views are essential to understanding the social world: “an historical, an anthropological, and a critical sensitivity.” (Giddens, 1986, p. 13). Mills believes that the sociological imagination deals largely with two main components: the individual, and society. “Neither the life of an individual
According to the Dictionary, Sociology is defined as the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. This means that people are willing to study social problems throughout the world and the society that they live in. In my life, I deal with my social class, Gender, Race, Religion, and the time I was born. Because of who I am, I definitely have been a part of a different upbringing and lifestyle that many sociologist may find interesting. My Childhood was pretty different than how I live today.
Sociology is considered to be ‘the systematic study of ways in which people are affected by, and affect, the social structures and social processes that are associated with the groups, organisations, cultures, societies, and world in which they exist’ (Ritzer, 2012, p. 6) Sociology is the science of society, it aims for one to look on society with a broader view in order to understand human reactions to life. The sociological approach to understanding media as a whole differs from any other method due to the fact that sociology refers to studying the development, structure and functioning aspect of the media. Sociology looks at the place of the individual and that individuals place within society. When studying the sociological approach to
2.3 Sociological perspective: Macionis (), analyzed that sociology is efficient study of human society. Society refers to public who live in a defined region and share a way of existence. Sociology’s analysis of society is a special point of view called a sociological perspective. To define the sociological perspective there is an additional way to define that is considering the general in the particular. It tells that that sociologist look for common pattern in particular human’s behavior.