Soc 100 – Lecture 2 09/05/2013
Today: Seeing your own world sociologically
Tuesday: Putting the contemporary U.S. in global and historical perspective
Flipping your consciousness; viewing things from a different angle
The Sociological “Flip”
“The sociologist does not look at phenomena that nobody else is aware of. But he looks at the same
phenomena in a different way ” (Berger p.28).
“The scene that he contemplates is the same human scene that other scientists concern themselves with.
But the sociologist’angle of vision is different” (Berger p.9).
Seeing the strange in the familiar, and the familiar in the strange.
What it takes…
A skeptical stance
A critical mind
In this society, there are different colored people. Humans are numbered. Some humans are forced to
entertain other humans.
In this society, humans love to eat.
In this society, people are imitators. The hand is sacred.
A skeptical stance:
“The art of mistrust”
“Things are not what they seem”
surfaces can be misleading A critical mind:
Ability to cut through the surfaces to something deeper
Rigorous (thinking rigorously a