"Invitation to Sociology," by Peter Berger

"Invitation to Sociology," by Peter Berger

According to Berger, sociology should not be confused with social work or social reform. Why not? Sociology is not a “practice,” but an attempt to understand. Explain.
“The sociologist tries to see what is there”
-I think he means that sociologists aren’t people working towards changing society, but understanding its current state-
Why does the sociologist strive to be “value-free?” How is this analogous to the work of a spy?
-They strive to be value free to avoid bias, they want to be striving for pure perception
-“The good spy reports what is there. Others decide what should be done as a result of his information”-just like a sociologist who provides info others may act on!
According to Berger, why must sociologists look past their personal prejudices, and their feelings of “revulsion and contempt,” in search of sociological understanding.
So there isn’t bias/they can see clearly
In Berger’s opinion, what is so fascinating about sociology?
“It lies in the fact that its perceptive makes us see the world in new light”
What is “culture shock” from a sociological perspective?
“Making the familiar seem strange”
(not based on geographic location)
Why does a sociological understanding require curiosity and passion?
Normal people would get bored studying sociology, you need curiosity and passion to successfully do it!
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