HOW A NON-RACIST SOCIOLOGIST WOULD TEACH A COURSE ON THE INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

 

Dr. Patrick Louis Cooney

Dr. Rosemary Santana Cooney, Fordham University

 

 

 

Introduction

Our first observation is that the title is an impossibility, for sociologists will not permit a non-racist approach to sociology. The sociologists live and work within and accept a racist society, and they have adjusted to the racist reality with such save terms as "multicultural" society, instead of "racist" society.

But via the web, we can write what we want on the subject, uncensored by racist sociologistst. And so here it goes.

Foreword

The problem with sociology is that at present it is not a real science. And that is because sociologists have put liberal politics above science. We have already documented this elsewhere in the Vernon Johns sites.

Because sociology has put politics above science, they cannot think clearly about what is true and what is not true about society. So they tend to put a great many different perspectives in and leave it up to the reader to decide for him/herself what is the best perspective.

If one decides not to put politics first, but rather judges sociology by the same rules that apply to the natural sciences, which perspectives are true and which are not becomes much clearer. The decision to tie sociology to the natural sciences goes a long way to ending the "contradictions" between the world of the sciences and the world of the social sciences.

(To be very sarcastic: The natural sciences have thousands of empirical studies showing that the world of biology and genetics perhaps accounts for as much as 50 percent of the variation in human behavior. The sociologists have tried to deny these studies. Guess which discipline(s) we would side with. Sociologists dismiss the thousands of natural sciences studies with a mere couple of sentences. See how easy it is for the social sciences to completely dismiss reality!! and see how easy it is for them to live isolated in their own world of unreality!!)

PART I. THE NATURE OF SOCIOLOGY

Chapter 1. The Relationship of Sociology to the Sciences

Introductory to Sociology texts often start with a discussion of how sociology constitutes a science. But, given their commitment to liberal politics, sociologists are being very hypocritical on this subject. A true science does not place politics over science, even if sociologists think they should be "politically correct" and refrain from publishing or even reading studies that do not jive with current liberal or radical-liberal perspectives.

What is Science and Its Importance

The Natural Sciences

Statistics as the Basis of the Scientific Method

The Study of Evolution

Humans as Evolutionary Creatures

The Human Brain as an Evolutionary Development

Medical Psychiatry (Not Freudianism) as the Foundation of Human Thinking

50 Percent of the Variation in Human Behavior Due to Genetics and Biology

Chapter 2. The Origins and Meaning of Sociology

Even if biology and genetics may account for as much as 50 percent of the variation in human behavior, that leaves another 50 percent of the variation left unexplained. Quite a bit of this is due to social forces. Now, why sociologists are threatened by this is beyond us.

Sociology's Beginnings in Moral Philosophy

The Type of People Who Go Into Sociology: Socially Concerned Individuals

Sociology as an Anti-Scientific Protest Against the Principle of Evolution

Sociology as Somewhat of a Science

Sociology's Cooperation with the Liberal Form of Racism

Chapter 3. Macro-theoretical Perspectives

Structural-Functionalism

Conflict Theory

Combination of the Two Theories

Chapter 4. Research Methods: The Way Sociology is Supposed to Work

Caution: The Way Sociology Says It Works, and the Way it Actually Works

Letting Political Bias Determine What Questions are Asked and What Answers Are Accepted (The World of the "Politically Correct")

The Best Research Method: Thinking Theoretically

The best research method is to read a great deal of science, sociology and other social scientific writings and then think about what areas that need assistance interest you. In sociology, too much emphasis is put just on empirical research itself and not enough on theoretical thinking. A lot of nonsense research in sociology is done because not enough thinking goes into considering whether the research line is even worth following in the first place.

Research Strategies

One does not have to use any of the following methods listed below. One can remain at the thinking level -- using the writings and researches of others to make sociology theoretically stronger.

Or you can work on a smaller problem and test it using various research methods. Once you have a theoretical problem, then use the various research strategies

Observational Studies

Experiments

Survey Research

Questionnaires and Interviews

Doing Social Research

Step 1: Identify the Problem

Step 2: Formulate a Hypothesis

Step 3: Select a Research Strategy

Step 4. Collect the Data

Step 5: Analyze and Interpret the Data

Ethics of Social Research

This is a very problematical area for sociologists. The history of sociology shows them as cooperating with racism, even if it is in the more liberal, and therefore more compatible, form. This is an ethical problem in and of itself, but few sociologists are even aware of this ethical problem, since they usually see themselves as the defenders of liberalism against the conservative barbarians.

Also discussed are the ethical problems of which sociologists are aware.

PART II. THE NATURE OF SOCIETY

Chapter 5. The Origins of Society

Animal and Plant Societies

The Importance of Socio-Biology: The Importance of Social Evolution

Early Human Societies

Society Existed Before Humans

Chapter 6.  The Nature of Human Nature

A Fundamental Myth of Sociology: The Nature of  Human Nature Is Only What the Society Says It Is ("tabula rasa" -- blank slate)

Humans as Primarily Social Conformists

Humans -- Tolerant of Great Social Inequalities and Other Evils

The Importance of the Single Individual -- the Role of  the Prophet in Social Change

Chapter 7. Socialization

What is Socialization?

Social Control

Agents of Socialization

Family

Peer groups

Deviance

Symbolic Interactionism

Collective Behavior

Chapter 8. Social Organization

Division of Labor

Components of Social Organization

Status

Roles

Groups: Primary Groups and Secondary Groups

Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft

Institutions

Chapter 9. Culture as an Extension of Social Organization

Culture is primarily secondary. Human beings are primarily animals concerned mostly with their own situations and personal and family survival. They are not primarily intellectually driven. All the more reason why it is important for the society to have a series of justifications for any given social organization (even an unjust organization).

There probably should be a rule in sociology that says that ideas are never the direct cause of any thing. The values, ideals, and ideas that dominate in any society are usually those promulgated in the self-interest of the continuation of the society.

So much sociological silliness would be avoided if sociologists would adopt the perspective of the first two paragraphs. The reason why they do not is that they often find it politically useful to see ideas as important primary causal variables so they can refer to these so they can get themselves out of situations where reality contradict their favorite theories.

Norms

Values

Ideals

Ideas

Culture seen from a Social Control and a Social Conflict Perspective: Ideas as Useful for Self- and Community Interests

Cultural Integration

Cultural Strain

Subcultures

PART III. HUMAN SOCIETIES: LARGELY A REFLECTION OF ECOLOGY

Chapter 10. Hunting and Gathering Societies

Chapter 11. Agricultural Societies

Nobility Societies

Non-Nobility Societies

Chapter 12. Industrial Societies

Class and Class Conflict

Race and Racial Conflict

Sex and Sexual Conflict

Age Conflict

Chapter 13. Post-Industrial Societies

Bureaucratic Societies

Global Economy: The Triumph of Capitalism Worldwide

Boredom

PART IV. ONGOING PROBLEMS OF POST-INDUSTRIAL SOCIETIES

Chapter 14. Stratification

Ongoing Inequality

Problems at Work in Capitalist Societies

Chapter 15. Race and Ethnicity

The U.S.: A Racist Society (Not a "Multicultural" Society)

Division of the Working Class by Racism

Ongoing Racial Inequality

The Problem of the Inner Cities and the Suburbs

Chapter 16. Gender

Chapter 17. Aging

Chapter 18. Crime and Deviancy

Crime as a Means of the Redistribution of  Wealth in a Racist Society Complicated by Extremes of Class Inequaltiy

Crime as a Serious Problem in the United States -- And Not Just Conservative Hype About "Law and Order"  (The Bias of  Liberal Sociologists Against A Reality They Don't Like)

35,000 Deaths a Year by Handguns

Chapter 19. The Greenhouse Effect

The Greenhouse Effect Explained

Population Growth as A Continuing Problem

Immigration and Population Growth

Possible Solutions

PART V: IMPORTANCE OF GROUNDING INSTITUTIONS

Chapter 20. The Family

Importance of  the Family in Creating Healthy and Happy Individuals

Importance of  the Family for the Larger Society

Chapter 21. Religion

Religion as a Reflection of  Groups' Self-Interests

Religion as a Social Binding Influence

The Importance of  Religion in a "Spiritual" Sense

Chapter 22. Education

Education as a Reflection of the Power of  Different Self-Interests

 

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