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    Theory, Public Sociology, Humanistic Sociology & Conscientization

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    What is theory and why does it matter on a personal and societal level?
    Why does theory have a bad reputation?
    What is public sociology and how can one engage in it?
    What is the difference between performance-oriented and learning-oriented students?
    What is humanistic sociology?
    What is conscientization?

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    Theory

    What is theory and why does it matter on a personal and societal level?
    In sociology, theory is used explain social phenomena. By definition, theory is "a proposed relationship between two or more concepts." Theory matters on a personal level because it investigates social causes and the consequences of those issues and problems related to racial identity, gender identity, family conflict, deviant behaviour, aging, and religious faith, for example.

    On a societal level, theory matters because it examines and seeks to explain matters pertaining to crime and law, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination, schools and education, business behaviour, community dynamics, and social movements and why certain phenomena occur.

    Why does theory have a bad reputation?
    Theory is often used "to describe idealized thinking that does not fit with reality." Idealized systems of thought do not always correspond to reality. In other words, a new situation may ...

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    This solution will assist the student in understanding what theory is, its applicability, and challenges. It will also assist the student in understanding what public sociology, humanistic sociology, and conscientization are.

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