SOC 1001 Sociology Discussion
As your textbook states, much of our knowledge is based on tradition, a handing down of statements, beliefs, and customs from generation to generation (“The groom’s parents should pay for the wedding rehearsal dinner”).
Another common source of knowledge is authority, a socially accepted source of information that includes “experts,” parents, government officials, agencies/organizations, police, judges, and religious leaders (“My mom says that . . .” or “According to the American Heart Association . . .”).
In your post, answering ALL of the following questions:
Provide an examples of authorities (people or groups who can provide knowledge based on authority) in your family or society.
What do they believe in and/or say?
- Why might these beliefs be important to society or certain people?
- Are any of them contradicted by research (or would they be – if so, provide an outside link or source to such a contradiction)
- Do you believe the authority or the research (why or why not)?