Analysis Of Allan Johnson's The Forest And The Trees

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Allan Johnson chooses to begin his account of sociological practice by introducing the concept of the individual and individualism as an approach to view the world. Johnson argues that the birth of individualism comes from the eighteenth century and the era of European enlightenment. he defines individualism as "a way of thinking which encourages us to explain the world in terms of what goes on inside individuals and nothing else. Early on in chapter 1 Johnson presents individualism and demonstrates the flaws of such a model pointing to the notion that it is easy to assign blame when only focusing on the individual rather than the whole. when looking at the world with such a small scope we miss most of what is actually occurring.…show more content…
Later on, in the movie, we notice their behavior change to a more divergent one ultimately leading to the collapse of the original social systems they encountered to more "realistic" ones. Continuing with his theme of the space between the trees, Johnson introduces culture as a part of our system which also helps define who we are and how we interact with one another. Johnson argues that it is culture which in fact creates the world we live in he claims "one of the most remarkable things about human beings is our ability to use culture to create the world we actually live in, to make up our world from scratch." the most basic definition which Johnson describes is that it is way to tell us what is considered true and what is not. there are two main aspects of culture, the material culture, which is the physical stuff like the clothes we wear to the music we listen to. Then there is non-material culture or the symbols and ideas we have that give meaning to the world around us. not only does culture give the world meaning it also defines our beliefs, values, and norms. values are beliefs which designate what we consider to be good and bad. in those values we have norms which are principles which we abide by in order to avoid societal consequences. it these belief, values, and norms which govern our expected behavior in our social systems. this notion also creates the concept of paths of least resistance which Johnson believes are the paths which abide by

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