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Sociological Mindfulness

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Danielle Moore

on 3 February 2012

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Transcript of Sociological Mindfulness

People go about their daily lives and don’t tend to question or examine the social worlds in which they live. We take the threads that hold society together for granted. They only become visible when shaken. Sociological Mindfulness Deterred Defining Sociological Mindfulness Sociological Mindfulness The social world can be defined as shared beliefs embraced by a group of people whose actions translate into patterns of activity. The practice of paying attention to the ideas that make up the social world (Schwalbe, 3-4). The Importance of Sociological Mindfulness By illuminating the ties between us, sociological mindfulness gives us the opportunity to become more responsible human beings. Social constructs are the glue of society. Changing or even questioning those constructs threatens our sense of stability. Using sociological mindfulness to consider ideas or actions that could change the status quo can produce negative consequences even to the point of being dangerous. Other members of society may feel as if their stability is being threatened, so they may try to remove the offending agent in whatever way possible. Reification - the tendency to see the humanly made world as having a will and force of its own, apart from human beings – is another factor. Believing in this idea lessens or removes the responsibility of the individual. How to Practice Sociological Mindfulness Think about how we can work together as a community.
Use and look for problem solving to come to a mutual agreement.
Look for patterns of activity that have the potential to become institutions. Once we realize that our actions effect change, we can use our knowledge to change or create various spheres of the social world. We learn that everyone has their own view of the world and therefore, no one has a monopoly on the truth (Schwalbe, 8). Be critical of your own actions and choices.
Discuss how the social world works.
Compare our similarities and differences. Take into account the different versions of truth. Recognize that the social world can be changed. Commit yourself to changing it for the better rather than supporting harmful or unjust institutions. Pay attention to the labels and categories used in the social world. Discern the meanings behind them. Look for what you and others take for granted. It requires taking the bigger picture into account and trying to see how one part of the social world is related to other parts (Schwalbe, 12). Sociological mindfulness exposes the threads of society that allows us to understand how we are tied together. The End
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