SOCIOLOGY FOR THE BEGINNER
by Phil Bartle, PhD
Introduction to the discipline (Home Page)
The Science Behind Social Empowerment
Sociology, meet student. Student, meet sociology. Well met!
Community Empowerment is Applied Social Science
Documents Included in this Sociology Section
"Buried deep within each of us is a spark of greatness, a spark that can be fanned into flames of passion and achievement. That spark is not outside of you it is born deep within you." -- James A. Ray
THE SCIENTIFIC ROOTS OF THESE METHODS
This section of the web site differs from the practical training material on this site. It presents the science behind the training.
The purpose of this web site is to provide training in skills and methods to community workers, so they may intervene as mobilisers or activists to stimulate low income communities to become empowered.
If you wish to pursue your own introductory study of sociology, on which the Community Empowerment principles and methods are based, you are invited to look at Introductory Sociology.
You may also view the handouts that I have posted on open access. Print them or copy them on to your computer.
If you are studying the subject anywhere, you are invited to send questions to me.
A community is a sociological construct, and the science of sociology is the source of the methods and skills of the community work here.
You may find some use in these notes, and can use them to supplement your reading and lectures, especially where the topics sound complicated and mysterious.
Serious students are encouraged to also research these topics, and not rely only on these notes.
A Training Session
It is worth noting that the word family originally meant a band of slaves. Even after the word came to apply to people affiliated by blood and marriage, for many centuries the notion of family referred to authority relations rather than love ones. The sentimentalization of family life and female nurturing was historically and functionally linked to the emergence of competitive individualism and formal egalitarianism for men.
Stephanie Coontz, The Way We Never Were, pp. 43-44
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