TITLE

What Do We Really Teach in Introductory Sociology Textbooks? Three Underlying Messages and Their Institutional Implications

AUTHOR(S)
Friedman, Norman L.
PUB. DATE
June 1991
SOURCE
American Sociologist;Summer91, Vol. 22 Issue 2, p137
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In considering mainstream introductory-sociology textbooks published between 1975-1989, three underlying messages and their instructional implications/remedies are identified and treated. First society was portrayed as overstructured organized and impersonal. The need therefore, is to stress instructionally its more individual/interactional unorganized and personal/emotional aspects. Second society was overinterpreted primarily in ideologically liberal ways and also in a more radical fashion The resulting instructional need introduces more conservative analyses. Third sociological knowledge was over presented as the most authoritative "highest knowledge" about society. Thus; the teaching Imperative is to show the inadequacies and weaknesses of sociological knowledge thereby encouraging more student discussion and expression of contrary views.
ACCESSION #
9602290706

 

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