Common Sense vs Sociological Sense Essay

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A wide range of people all over the world inaccurately come to the conclusion that sociology is merely, ‘the study of the obvious’ and the application of common sense, this statement could not be further from the truth. Common sense derives from statements such as, ‘opposites attract’, however the Sociological sense takes this belief and carries out numerous tests to discover whether it is fact, or fiction. Bauman regards common sense knowledge and common sense understandings as powerful social mechanisms which can fundamentally shape attitudes about the world in which humans live. Sociology is the ‘social science’ that studies human behaviour and characteristics based on their development within society. Common sense however is, what a…show more content…
The first article determined whether education played a vital role in religion in Scotland, whereas the second article attempted to present a connection between educational attainment and cultural capital. I summarised the articles in the hope that they would provide me with a wider understanding of education in a sociological sense as opposed to my original common sense. I came to the conclusion that sociology plays a key role in my everyday life that I was particularly unaware of due to the fact that I had been raised in an environment that revolved around the concept of common sense. My knowledge on education when looking at it in a sociological sense has deepened and I became more aware of the role that education played in topics I never paired it with. For example, prior to reading the article involving religion and education, I had never thought of religion aiding my educational credentials. I had also never looked at cultural capital and how that the lack of awareness of certain aspects of culture could hinder my educational credentials and therefore my occupational desires. I also read a further article from a sociology journal that attempted to examine educations role in sociology. The article I found focuses on the indirect link between education and economic, political and social change within the development of underdeveloped countries. The article attempts to determine how focusing on education may be hindering the development of
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