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p. 463. Causes and Consequenceslocked

  • Steve Bruce


One of the ways that sociology differs from common sense is in challenging the idea of ourselves as authors of our own thoughts and actions. If there is to be any explanation of human behaviour, there must be regular patterns to life, and those regularities are partly the result of forces outside of our control and cognition. ‘Causes and Consequences’ examines the links between thoughts and actions and their relation to society, the extent to which we are shaped by social forces, and the concerns of professional sociology. Sociologists are interested in social causes. Sociology is concerned with the general and the typical rather than the individual. People can learn from others and from sociology.

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