In the social sciences, we take our backgrounds and “reflexivity” (reflecting ba
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In the social sciences, we take our backgrounds and “reflexivity” (reflecting back on our experiences and our perspectives, and how that affects our initial approaches to research) rather seriously. As we will learn more about, sociology was initially created as a social equivalent to ‘earth’ sciences (“social physics”).
However, many perspectives that developed over the course of time have come to acknowledge that as humans, we are a part of society, and thus we cannot completely shut out our own experiences through research. Instead, it is better for us to acknowledge we have experiences that we bring into research – and often these influence what we research – and explore how they may influence the research process. We do our best to examine them and from there, use scientific processes to help ensure that they do not bias our research.
To help us get started from this more conscious place of our standpoints, I would like for you to explore your background from a social scientific perspective. I would like this practice to help you consider what approaches (primary sociological perspectives) you may lean more towards – at least to start. We can then reflect back on this after we’ve taken our journey through social theory.
For these reasons, this week you will write a brief autobiography:
(1) Consider your life experiences and how these have shaped you to be the Social Scientist you are currently or plan to be.
(2) Based on your background, which “quadrant” do you currently lean towards and why (e.g., Nonrational and individual, Nonrational and collective, Rational and individual, Rational and collective) or are you currently undecided (refer to chapter 1 and explain why in either case)?
(3) [#3 may be integrated into prompts 1 and 2] Write out in detail the experiences that have shaped your social scientific approach within the field up to this point, taking into consideration why you chose your major.
(4) Now, write a second brief autobiography where you do not consider or apply your experiences to your social scientific approach.
(5) After writing this second autobiography, reflect back on the the difference between writing the first and second versions of the autobiography. (6) Describe if it was difficult to do so (or not).
(7) Based on this comparison, how can you see your life experiences as important in shaping your sociological arguments?
Minimum word count: 500 words