How to find a life in a public sociology survey is an important step towards understanding your community, says social psychologist Rebecca Zuk.
In the process of researching her new book, she reveals how to find that life in sociology.
Zuk’s book, What Is a Sociology?
explores the ways in which sociology has been shaped by society.
For example, her research has shown that, by identifying social problems, we can understand them better, and help people tackle them.
What Is A Sociology?, which is available to buy in bookstores, will help you find your community and find the best sociological answer to your community’s problems.
In her introduction, Zuk explains how the survey process works:You are asked a set of questions that include:What does your community need?
What is the main problem facing it?
What can you do about it?
When a respondent answers “social problems”, she is asked about what people in her community need to be able to survive, how much money they have and how much it costs.
You then ask about their expectations for their community and how their community can make changes to address those expectations.
Finally, you ask what can be done about those problems.
Zak says that, in her experience, the most important part of a sociological survey is how it is done.
“There’s no one-size-fits-all method.
There’s no checklist that you can take to find your next community, because the way we think about social problems is different from what you think about them,” she said.
What is a sociologist doing?
Zuk has worked in many different settings, including prisons, schools and prisons.
In each, she found that the majority of sociologists are doing work on the issues they care about.
The problem is, it’s not clear which issue the sociologist is addressing.
Zuk says she found this frustrating.
“I thought, ‘Oh, you’re going to ask me about things I’m doing on my own time, and I’m not going to get involved with that’,” she said, noting that sociological research needs to be conducted in context.
Zuki’s research found that sociological research is often conducted on subjects that are not relevant to the community it is studying.
“This leads to a lot of wasted time,” she explained.
“There’s lots of research done on people who aren’t in your community that might be of interest to you.”
Zuk believes the best way to solve this is to ask the sociologist to conduct a research project in a community that is relevant to her work.
“I think if you ask the right question, the right questions will lead to answers that are actually valuable,” she concluded.
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