The Importance Of Sociology

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Oxford English Dictionaries defines common sense as, “Good sense and sound judgement in practical matters” (2018). However, according to the definition provided in the course study guide, common sense is merely “a type of knowledge that emerges in our social networks” (Sosteric 2015). Dr. Sosteric further explains that common sense is “our generally accepted opinions about things—what we ‘know’ to be true” and “our taken-for-granted ideas about the world” (2015). When considering common sense within the context of this sociological definition, we can understand it as an extension of ideology. This connection is possible because common sense explanations are often biased, uncontested, and circumscribe the possibility of query, objection, or change. While composing my answers for the previous assignment in pre-consideration, I made a genuine effort to embrace my sociological imagination and consider the social, political, and economic factors surrounding each problem prior to formulating a response. For chapter seven, I chose to answer the question that asks students to detail the ways in which prostitution and pornography are linked to sexism, racism, homophobia, and class-based inequality. I attempted to answer this question thoroughly, drawing on pre-acquired knowledge from other sociology courses and previous chapters within the textbook. My thought process when responding to this question involved exploring issues regarding the obvious power differentials surrounding
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