P. 1
Critical Sociology Redone

Critical Sociology Redone

|Views: 0|Likes:
Published by Chevonie Daniel

More info:

Published by: Chevonie Daniel on Oct 14, 2010
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial


Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as DOCX, PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less






Critical sociology is the study of society that focuses on the need for social change. The theory refers to a style of Marxism with a tendency to engage with non-Marxist influences. It developed in reaction to the limitations of scientific sociology. Researchers of scientific sociology have the task of studying and documenting the reasoning that reality is ³out there.´ Karl Marx rejected the idea that society exists as a "natural" system with a fixed order. He claimed, Critical social theory is, in contrast, a form of self-reflective knowledge involving both understanding and theoretical explanation to reduce entrapment in systems of domination or dependence, obeying the interest in expanding the scope of autonomy and reducing the scope of domination. Critical social theory criticizes society from some general theory of values, norms, or "oughts," or through criticizing it in terms of its own espoused values. Core concepts are: (1) That critical social theory should be directed at the totality of society in its historical specificity (i.e. how it came to be configured at a specific point in time), and (2) That critical theory should improve understanding of society by integrating all the major social sciences, including geography, economics, sociology, history, political science, anthropology, and psychology. Critical sociologists ask moral and political questions, such as "How does society work?" Their answer to this question, typically is that it should not. Sociologists attempt to change not only society but the character of research itself using the critical orientation. The discoveries made by researchers are usually used to provide a voice for less powerful people and to advance the political goal of a more equal society. Scientific sociologists refuse to take sides on account for the biases that result from this. Critical sociologists argue that all research is either political or biased, either calling for change or not and that sociologists are unable to change the biased nature of their work, but simply take sides. Critical sociology is activist orientated and seeks not just to understand the world but to improve it while appealing to those whose politics range from liberal to radical left.

By: Chevonie Daniel

You're Reading a Free Preview

/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->