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Berger states that the ‘first wisdom of sociology is this –things are not what they seem.’ How accurate/relevent is Berger's statement to a sociology interpretation of the two school rituals in Kes?
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Berger states that the 'first wisdom of sociology is this - things are not what they seem.' Sociology recognises that there are levels of meaning and seeks to proceed beyond a common sense understanding and to interpret events in greater depth. How accurate/relevant is Berger's statement to a sociology interpretation of the two school rituals in Kes?
As Berger states, sociology recognises may levels of meaning, a lot of which proceed beyond common sense. Although the statement is fairly straightforward it ceases to be that way after studying it; each new layer of meaning changes the perception of the whole. Sociology explores in depth the ideas and concepts behind human nature and behaviour, accepting of that which may be far from commonly defined purpose of the human action. It assumes that human events have different levels of meaning, many of which are hidden from the realization of every day life. Berger's statement is a big contribution to sociology as without this idea, sociologists would continue to read on the outside instead of taking their studies deeper into the sociological consciousness.
In the story of Kes, the book illustrates two common school rituals namely Registration and Assembly. As straightforward
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