Introduction to Sociology Ray Brannon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o
Trapped!! Psycho –Social Interweave• Personal destinies are linked to societal structures • PA Study of Care for the Elderly • Blinding pace of transformational change
A little about myself…six kids and five grandchildren
A long time ago in a distant galaxy ……I began to program with IBM cards on very big computers that didn’t have the power of your smart phone.
Retired President & CEO of Choice Technologies
Ray Brannon, Ph.D. candiddatewww.inspectyourgadgets.com
The Challenge:To become a critical thinker on sociologic issues because ….. your personal history matters!!
• Locating yourself in the period in which you live- how you are shaped by society and how you can shape society• Link history and biography – three generations• My grandfather, father, me, son, grandson
What is Epistemology? What is a Paradigm?
Paradigm Shift: The destruction an old theory by new facts and itsreplacement as a new theory that fits the new facts. Thomas Kuhn
What is a Paradigm Shift?
Changing Sociological Paradigms
Trapped by Self Deception and Assumptions
Developing Self and Social Consciousness• Distinguishing personal problems from public issues resulting from social structure• Troubles versus issues: personal/ societal• One mans death is a tragedy 45 people killed by a terrorist blast is a statistic.