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Is it true that a technological society has to weaken family ties and local communities if it is to function efficiently?

From The Unabomber Manifesto by Ted Kaczynski: The breakdown of traditional values to some extent implies the breakdown of the bonds that hold together traditional small-scale social groups. The ...
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According to the theory of structural functionalism, what causes social disequilibrium?

I understand that the basic premise of structural functionalism is that social institutions serve the function of maintaining social stability and promoting social solidarity, but I don't understand ...
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Is social constructionism a falsifiable theory of human nature?

According to Karl Popper, a theory must be falsifiable to be a scientific theory. How would a social scientist falsify the theory of social constructionism? I understand that there are many individual ...
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Is cultural appropriation bad? [closed]

Cultural appropriation, as a commonly touched-upon concept, could be defined as “taking” something from a “culture” that you are “not a part of”. Naturally, each of the above words and phrases in ...
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Regarding classifications of elites

There seem to be two types of elite in general society. There is the elite whose privileges and responsibilities are roughly proportional (such as doctors), and then there are elites whose privileges ...
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Must people be employed to have dignity and self-worth?

I have heard all my life about how people would not have self-worth without being employed, and they would become depressed or just do unhealthy things. I read a Sci-fi story about AI where ultimately,...
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Exploring Gender Equality: Navigating the Paradox of Differences and Sameness

how to prove objectively that despite physical, anatomical,physiological and psychological differences between men and women that everything should be the same , there must be gender equality between ...
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What is the name of sociological phenomena where selfish behavior of each individual leads to losses for all of them?

I am trying to identify a specific sociological phenomena which seems pretty obvious to me that it is well known and studied but after quite of googling, its name remains elusive - I'm just not ...
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Philosophers who have written on aesthetics of ideas

One example I can give is the book "Fashion, Faith and Fantasy" by Roger Penrose. There he talks about the Fashion, Faith and Fantasy of popular physics theories, for instance ones like ...
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Sociological-philosophical theories of society’s tendencies to react against itself, inescapably biased in some way

Basically, in case it comes up, I mean something more than Hegelian (?) “dialectic”, an idea of society or knowledge moving forward through refutation, synthesis, progress. I am thinking about how ...
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What are some sociological considerations to understands mathematics culture?

One could argue that, fundamentally, mathematics is a sociological process, as the backbone of mathematics is that of the mathematic proof, and the mathematic proof of a statement, at least as used in ...
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Can you explain clearly the difference between race and ethnicity?

I have tried to look it up but most definitions usually don't make the difference crystal-clear. Many results on Google give overlapping definitions. What my understanding is is that race is rooted in ...
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Dichotomy in society [closed]

I am not a student of sociology but I wish to know if there is any theory of society where we can study the dichotomy in a sociological aspect. Take for example, in a country where there is a ...
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Are the psychological and sociological dimensions of philosophy philosophical matters?

Much to the horror of certain philosophers of science particularly those who clung to the logical positivists' notion that science was universally objective, Thomas Kuhn proposed that the politics of ...
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Looking for theories/references about how social conventions are formed and followed

Social changes happen all the time. Sometimes changes lead to conventions. Certain ways of living, certain lifestyles, certain regulations become conventional. People follow them without questioning ...
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Is Baudrillard's "Simulacra and Simulation" just the "Allegory of the Cave"?

Am I missing something or is Baudrillard's "Simulacra and Simulation" just a wordy "Allegory of the Cave"? To expand, reality is "crowdsourced", patterns occur, and we ...
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Is this a good argument for why societies tend towards maximum employment?

I have sometimes wondered why, in an age of increasing automation, many societies still have "high" employment. And by "high" I mean over 80%. Why, for example, have not an ...
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What is the difference between society and community? [closed]

Are they really just two aspects of the same thing, or are they fundamentally different? Trying to figure how to group the following: essenes (community) pharisees (community) christians (community) ...
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Paradox of Plurality as a better idea

If X is in a zone where there is a rule that while a person has right to have/follow any opinion/view point but is REQUIRED (MANDATORY) to respect (and accept) plurality of opinions as a condition to ...
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Durkheim's stance on socialism

I am aware that Émile Durkheim was by no means unaware of socialist thought, nor unwilling to comment on it, throughout his varied works. Plainly, topics of central concern to Durkheim appear to be ...
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How is Pierre Bourdieu regarded in current academic sociology and social theory?

I understand that this is a very subjective and generalized question. I recently had someone tell me that he’s been dismissed in academia and I was quite surprised to hear that.
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is there a theory of social 'vaccination' against destructive ideologies?

One can notice certain similarities between domains of biology, in which live organisms cope with viruses sociology, where societies cope with destructive ideologies Drawing an analogy, we can ...
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Studies exploring the rationale of gender equality

I've been trying to find books&other scientific material that mentions why the gender equality is important and should be achieved. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Pretending toward a cause to stave off genuine uptake

I’ve been trying to determine if there’s an actual name or phrase for such a concept. Or if there are any examples in history or literature that actually describe or make use of this concept. ...
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What will humanity do IF and when technological progression ends? [closed]

Humans are always looking for the next big thing and since science is everything; much of what humans are amazed by have some basis in science. We aren’t sure if technology will end; but if it does; ...
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Ternary logic of 3-person human relationships?

C.S. Peirce studied ternary (and higher-order, n-ary logic, too) logic in the context of which he called semiosis, an action, or influence, which is, or involves, a coöperation of three subjects, […],...
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Is there any word "Numerical power" in sociology?

I was thinking about how population influences the power dynamics in a polity. The community that has the majority has more say in political discourse. Can we use the term "Numerical power" ...
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Concept and usage of social abuse

If I say to an individual, who belongs to a higher social caste, that I will not help him but only those who are socially outcast and downtrodden, will it be considered as an abuse to the higher caste?...
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Is biological ancestry distinct from race? [closed]

This is not a question about genetics or biology. I am interested in understanding the meaning of race from a sociological perspective. Please focus your answer on the case I give for ancestry and ...
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How Biases and Prejudices Deviate the Philosophy of Peace in round table meeting of world politics

Why do politically strengthened nations deviate from the ideal of peace building and misuse power through bias, prejudice, and subjugation of others towards "peace," but not actual, absolute ...
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Is society deliberately limiting opportunities for a segment of the population to provide workers? [closed]

Whether deliberate or not, given that society needs people to do unpleasant jobs, there must be a way to induce people to take such jobs. People who do such jobs do not make enough money to educate ...
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Who has criticized the scientific field of sociology of religion as secular and Christian?

Which thinkers criticize the scientific field of sociology of religion as being secular and about Christianity? I couldn’t find a stach exchange for sociology. So I ask here.
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Non-traditional (individuals = graph edges) views on societies

In his book Large graphs and graph limits, mathematician and Abel prize winner László Lovász says on page 4: We can say that the whole universe is a single (really huge, possibly infinite) network, ...
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How is Authenticity affected by external influences?

Originally I had titled this as concerning "being yourself" but it appears this concept is already defined in Philosophy as "Authenticity". A few specifics to clarify on ...
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Is Durkheimian critique of Kantian understanding of space and time valid?

In one chapter in The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life and in paper Primitive classification (Mauss also), Durkheim critiques Kantian a priori pure forms of sensibility: space and time; on basis,...
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Pre-theoretic beliefs about non-existence [closed]

In ordinary thought and language there are obviously particulars and it is assumed they usually consist of parts. Ordinary language also supports "generalized, reified properties" (I'd say ...
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Can a subculture be appropriated?

All the examples of cultural appropriation I see involve taking some element out of wider culture, and implementing it in their own. If subcultures are a subset of elements from within a larger ...
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How is Society shaped?

I'm interested in what shapes society? Yes, individuals shape society and society shapes the individual, but I want more detailed analysis. My humble take is: Culture is the most important thing that ...
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What relationship should we have with people in power? [closed]

Suppose there is a village of a hundred people, and the hundred people democratically elect a leader X. Now, X was included in a lot of social circles from the beginning, should the people have the ...
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Does the requirement to use preferred gender pronous preclude the participation of people whose faith teaches that gender cannot be changed?

There are numerous cases where the views held by different people clash. Homosexual intercourses are one such obvious example: many religious denominations (for example Catholicism) consider them ...
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Are there any philosophical works on the social meta hierarchies created by technology(the emergence of the internet)?

Since the 1990s many people have been able to interact in ways that were not accessible to them before due to the internet. Since the online interactions differ in many respects from those in real ...
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Is stoicism still relevant in modern world?

As the world with each day is becoming more hyperconnected and communication-centric, will being emotionally enduring and closed up self-destructive in the long-term? Is stoicism still relevant in the ...
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Max Weber's "Gesinnungsethik" definition

I am reading a Portuguese translation of Raymond Aron's "Political Studies" and have came across a reference to "Max Weber's Gesinnungsethik" and as it seems, not understanding ...
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What's the importance that Marx gives to the Class Struggle for the devolopment of societies?

I've reading The Communist Manifesto and I could understand that all changes in the human history societies have been because the struggle of class. but what is his argument? I can't understands his ...
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Question about Marx´s book (German Ideology)

In 'The German Ideology' Marx claims that in his materialist conception of history 'ascends from earth to heaven', unlike the German philosophy of the time that 'descends from heaven to earth'. What ...
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Under what conditions is work alienated?

Why, for Marx, is alienation a condition of work under capitalism? I´ve been reading Marx's texts and I don't understand why.
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Current academics exponents of (classical) liberalism

First of all, I don't want to cause polemic with the question. I know it's a delicate issue and I don't want to touch personal susceptibilities. My question is more on ignorance since I am from ...
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How is it possible that so many people get together, get married, have kids and *then* divorce and break up? [closed]

I have always been fundamentally baffled about this fact, as a male currently in his mid-30s who never managed to attract any female. If this had happened, and we had got so far as to get married, ...
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What's the term for legitimisation of previously socially-unacceptable behaviour by volume of transgression? [closed]

It seems that a tipping point is reached in various social contexts after which an acceptable norm is inverted by sheer volume of transgression. Trivial examples would be: switching from queuing to ...
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I'm trying to identify a rhetorical device

I already asked this question on the writing forum, but I suppose the subject matter is better suited here. Once again, I am writing a commentary on the book of Galatians, while employing a socio-...
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