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Social Dictionary

Social Context

  • A myriad of systemic processes working on the people of a culture and emanating from the people into the culture as well.
  • In the case of society, Social Context is how a thing is viewed by the members of that culture or audience.
  • For example: The experience is different depending on what setting we are in when the experience is had. When we watch a film at a theater versus watching the same one at home. Or when we are at the scene of an accident versus watching the same accident on the news. The experience is different depending on where we are and how the audience receives the experience. Furthermore, the type of crowd you find yourself in changes an experience; e.g. watching a news story with co-workers versus watching the same news story with friends.
  • In the case of a thing, Social Context is how the culture or audience influenced its creation.
  • For example: Working with steel occurred at different times and in different locations over the course of human history. The different ways in which each culture worked with the metal was influenced by the context of their society. Eastern styles placed more emphasis on ceremony whereas Western styles placed more emphasis on production. This could also be the result of what is referred to as Social Environment.

Social Environment

  • The influence of a group of people on their environment and/or the environment’s influence on them.
  • A child born and raised in the city will have a much different view of the world than a child born and raised in the country.

Public Sociology

  • Whereas the discipline of sociology is full of jargon unknown to the average member of the society we study, the practice of public sociology seeks to make sociology more accessible to everyone.
  • This is a hotly debated topic as many sociologists feel it is dangerous to the discipline and for the public as a whole. Whether that is true or not remains to be seen. I personally feel that if a sociologist is unable to explain exactly what they are studying to a layman in such a way which allows that person to understand it, then the sociologist may not be doing work that actually benefits society.
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Comments on: "Social Dictionary" (2)

  1. […] White Backlash Take a glance over to the right of this blog to the Blogroll widget. You’ll see a link to The Color Line. It’s a blog ran by Contexts, which is the online home of the magazine of the same name. It is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the exploration of sociological topics made relevant to the non-sociologist. (e.g. a haven for making sociology more public) […]

  2. […] Take a glance over to the right of this blog to the Blogroll widget. You’ll see a link to The Color Line. It’s a blog ran by Contexts, which is the online home of the magazine of the same name. It is a quarterly magazine dedicated to the exploration of sociological topics made relevant to the non-sociologist. (e.g. a haven for making sociology more public) […]

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