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The sociologically examined life : pieces of the conversation

Author: Michael Schwalbe
Publisher: Mountain View, Calif. : Mayfield Pub. Co., ©2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Schwalbe
ISBN: 0767416414 9780767416412
OCLC Number: 43114228
Description: xvi, 213 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. Making sense of the world differently --
Sociological mindfulness --
A justification for sociological mindfulness --
The rarity of sociological mindfulness --
A continuing conversation --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
2. Inventing the social world --
What the social world is made of --
Habits and invisible ideas --
confronting the social world as ready-made --
Making people disappear --
Inventing categories and inventing people --
Inventing the truth --
How to see the social world being made --
Remaking the social world --
Paths to reflection --
Related readings --
3. Seeing connections --
Awareness of unintended consequences --
Analyzing moral problems --
Reading indexes --
Non-obvious indexes --
Social organization as an index --
Connections to the past --
Deepening the present --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
4. Relationships, groups, and interdependence --
Beyond individualism --
Mindfulness of interdependence --
Perspectives and groups --
Understanding ourselves by understanding others --
"Personal" choices --
Smoking --
Violent sports --
Having babies --
A scientist's dilemma --
Re-examining our choices --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
5. Becoming human --
Gathering meanings --
Taking o identities --
Regulating ourselves --
Silent knowledge --
Keeping things on track --
Feeling for and with others --
The risk of cutting ourselves off from others --
Mindful resistance --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
6. Behavior as a product of interaction --
Cultural context --
Interactional surprises --
Minding and un-minding the self --
Defining the situation --
Seeing the bigger picture --
Historical context --
Ordinary insanity --
An antidote to ordinary insanity --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings. 7. Seeing patterns --
Patterns within patterns --
Patterns of difference--
Interpreting group differences --
Trends and tendencies --
Things that go together --
Relationships among variables --
Patterns and individual lives --
Paths for reflection --
8. Contingency and cause --
Stability and change --
Reasons, conditions, and the possibility of choice --
Enabling conditions --
Reason and choice --
Rules as constructed causes --
A life-and-death game --
Avoiding reductionism --
Chance, pattern, and paths --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
9. Images, representations, and accounts --
Resources for creating images --
Representations --
The necessity and danger of representations --
Misrepresentation by stereotype and habit --
Giving and receiving accounts --
Behind and underneath accounts --
Tools for making reality --
Significant absences --
Organized exclusion and invention --
Challenging representations --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
10. Understanding power in social life --
Ideas and illusions --
Instilling needs --
Impeding critical thought --
Controlling information --
People-filtering and self-censorship --
Information as a resource for power and resistance --
Making rules and agendas --
Autonomy and freedom --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
11. Differences and inequalities --
Forms of inequality --
Invisible resources --
Visible origins of invisible resources --
reconditioning ourselves --
False parallels --
Taking history and context into account --
False gender parallels --
Patterns in true parallels --
Self-justification and a test for justice --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings --
12. Studying and changing the social world --
Advantages of systematic research --
The kinds of questions we can ask --
Interpreting the answers to empirical questions --
Resolving disagreement --
Mindful skepticism --
Partial truth and inevitable uncertainty --
Perpetual inquiry and conversation --
Changing one's self and the world --
Paths for reflection --
Related readings.
Responsibility: Michael Schwalbe.
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