Sociology-and-Theory

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• Theory is the key to understanding sociology. • Theory structures the chaotic nature of social life so that it becomes understandable to the sociologist.

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Sociological Theory or Social Theory0 Theory is the key to understanding sociology.1 Theory structures the chaotic nature of social life so that it becomes understandable to the sociologist.2 However, as you are now aware these 'theories' of society (Social Theories) vary considerably from those that see society as a unified system which can be 'easily' explained by concepts such as socialisation, ideology, etc. To those that argue it is so complex that no theory can fully explain it and that to try and do so destroys the dynamics of the world you are trying to study ( some postmodernist sociologists claim that the biggest obstacle to understanding society is the sociologists themselves). 3 So when trying to explain sociological theory we have an immediate problem- there is no such thing! There are a diversity of conflicting social theories! However, this is what sociolo

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