SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Batemans Bay

For this week, you need to watch the video/photo montage compilation and post a comment or tweet. Let’s see what you’ve learned, and what you think others have learned and expressed, about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society.

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2 Comments on SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Batemans Bay

Dane Fisher said : Guest Report a week ago

The dualism, or mind/body problem, around which discussion centres this week is interesting in examining our own peculiar intuitions about how the mind works. Additionally, it is indicative of a philosophical problem encountered by sociological researchers in establishing an epistemological basis for emotional expression. As Noam Chomsky points out, its curious this remains a matter of contention given how other non-phenomenological research in the natural sciences has progressed. For example, it is taken for granted that a "physical" process such as puberty is a genetically encoded process which does not require a specific social context. In other words, puberty is considered innate. Even though, as Chomsky points out, there is no scientific explanation for why this takes place. But on the other hand, language, which is taken to be part of the "mind" component, is often referred to as "learned". Despite the fact that evidence suggests the shallow experience is too minimal to construct a sophisticated system of language it still remains commonly conceived that language forms under certain social conditions. That is, it is not a physical process. The 'innate theory of language' proposed by Chomsky goes someway to identifying the problematic framing of the 'mind/body' problem. Furthermore, if Chomsky's argument holds that the evidence suggests no categorical distinction between the analytic categories- "mind" and "body" -we might consider interrogating our own intuitions and the intellectual currents underpinning our present study of emotions. For example, why do we often think of depression as an emotion which influences how we experience our daily lives, instead of the reverse? Or, why is it that expressions of happiness manifest as a smile? Or what is anger? These are seemingly simple questions, but a simple explanation is difficult to find. In light of this, I believe we must be questioning not just the empirical evidence of our emotions, but the epistemological frame in which we posit the facts to reach our conclusions. Rethinking 'dualism' is a good start.

Michelle Claude said : Guest Report 2 weeks ago

What makes a good and bad research question? The more knowledge that a researcher has about a topic allows a more sociological specific constructed question. The more knowledge that a researcher has about a topic prior to conducting analysis, allows a greater sociological understanding about the topic itself. Being able to think about the topic sociologically is important before formulating a question within a sociological field. The greater the scope of understanding that the research has, determines the scope of accuracy that the researcher has to formulate a more specific question. Lack of prior knowledge can lead to making generalisation when formulating questions. This is an example of bad research questions. Generalisations can lead to receiving incorrect information from your subject/s. Generalisations within your question can relate to mistrust from your subjects, which may affect the quality of information that you receive from them, as they may not feel comfortable providing you with accurate information. Clarity of the sociological question is important in order to receive accuracy of true information from the subject/s. Knowing when to use qualitative and quantitative questions in relation to the type of data that you are gathering is also very important when gathering information about the topic and formulating the question. Attached is a short clip from Dr Vermette about an 8 step sociological research process. She explains why it is important for the researcher to understand this process when constructing questions for their subject/s in order to gather accurate data.

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