Take back the night
- Thirty-three years ago, women started to stand up and speak out against sexual violence under
the banner of Take Back the Night.
- Take Back the Night became known internationally as a visible way to take a stand against
sexual violence, specifically violence against women.
- Meeting at Johnston green at 6:15 for Take Back the Night event.
Perspective and context
- No single discipline has all the answers for all the questions
- Focus of this class will be on Sociology
- Sociologist C. Wright Mills says the sociological imagination means understanding society by
having a grasp of interplay of social structure and individuals
- Sociological imagination is like “seeing the general in the particular” – Peter Berger (1963)
- “Troubles occur within the character of the individual and within the range of his immediate
relations with others; they have to do with his self and those limited areas of social life…” (Mills,
Private troubles vs. Public issues
- Public issues are social problems
- A away of looking at the world that can see links between the apparently private problems of
the individuals and important social issues
- Historical, contemporary global, and societal factors are responsible for the presence of public
issues (social problems) in societies like ours
- The causes of social problems are social not individual
- Big Picture Small World (coda) http://www.bigpicturessmallworld.co/index.shtml
- Mills would argue that you can look at something like property and say that if you look at just
this one person you can find individual characteristics that will explain why he is poor and not
working. Then you find out that there are many other guys like him. Then another issue gets
raised when you start to wonder that why so many people are unemployed? Why exactly does
this problem exist?
- The best way to predict the future is to create it!
- The larger the perspective, the happier you are.
- “A condition that harms a significant number or people or results in structural disadvantage or
particular segments in any given society (Dolgan, 2011:3) Critical Reflection
- Reflection is ‘looking back’ on experiences; critical reflection is intentional process of analysing,
reconsidering and questioning experiences within a broader context of issues.
- Bookfield (1990) explains that critical reflection involves three phases:
o Identifying the assumptions that underlie our thoughts and actions
o Assessing and scrutinizing the validity of these assumptions in terms of how they relate
to our real-life experiences and our present context(s)