Sociological Perspective

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Introduction
Sociology is defined as the systematic study of human society. At the heart of sociology is a distinctive point of view called "the sociological perspective." Sociologists look for general social patterns in the behavior of individuals as they relate to a group and how the group and social structures affect our individual perception and behavior. Human behavior is patterned, and repetitive. We can predict with reasonable reliability what each of us will do generally under given conditions (Seymour, 2003). Our uniqueness as individuals is in the context of the group we belong. Sociology studies the social forces that impinge on our lives in so many unseen, yet significant ways. Sociologist Peter Berger said:
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Until the moment a bomb exploded in the underground garage of the World Trade Center, terrorism in the United States existed only as an abstraction. As rescue workers rushed to the scene, the unthinkable had become the undeniable. What was commonplace in cities around the world - London, Athens, Paris, and Tel Aviv - had now become the concern of the United States (The Siege – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 1998).
A special agent of the FBI, Anthony Hubbard (Denzel Washington), has - "to support and defend the Constitution of the United States." When a bus blows up in Brooklyn and a campaign of terror begins to make its bloody mark on a city under siege, the men and women who have sworn to protect the country must now reckon with the many implications of their oath.
The public's clamor for safety forced the hand of the President of the United States - whose only recourse is to declare a State of Emergency and ask help from the military. General William Devereaux (Bruce Willis) is a thoughtful, cautious warrior who well knows the dangers of bringing the army onto the streets of an American city. Although he argued against it, when he was given the unenviable task of imposing military order he responded as a soldier must, with unquestioning obedience and purpose (The Siege – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - 1998). .
At what point does the protection of the country's citizens conflict with the protection of their rights? Faced