ERIC Number: EJ889684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
What Is Critical about Sociology?
Teaching Sociology, v36 n4 p318-330 Oct 2008
Critical thinking is often presented as a generic technique. This article develops an alternative that links critique more closely to the sociological perspective. I suggest three answers to the above question: that the sociological perspective is critical for comprehending complex issues, that all sociology is implicitly critical by virtue of its debunking tendency, and that some sociology is explicitly critical by virtue of value commitments that lead to a critique of domination. The article identifies some basic themes of what it means to think sociologically, discusses sociology's "double critique" in more detail, illustrates the critical potential of scientific, humanistic and critical approaches to sociology, and explores some implications of this approach for how we teach sociology. It concludes by suggesting that the goal of fostering critical thinking in our students might better be met by returning to the critical roots of our own discipline.
Descriptors: Sociology, Critical Thinking, Perspective Taking, World Views, Group Dynamics, Holistic Approach, Phenomenology
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Education Level: Higher Education
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