In order to understand the social world around us, it is necessary to employ theory to draw the connections between seemingly disparate concepts. In essence, we must make connections within the sociological world around us; and thus through collecting the data and the analysis of the data, we can then make a theory and try to figure out what it is exactly that is affecting us within the parameters of living life.
I have been waiting a long time to write this article. My hope is to keep it clear, succinct, and straight to the point — of course using data collection, analysis, and then theorizing precisely what it is that is going on in the United States of America right now. It is believed that most data collection is already available to us through polling, public policy, and the state of affairs as they now propose themselves in America. In the event that this writing does in fact begin to run long, then I encourage everyone who is reading to look up on the cites homepage where the Pages are located.
It is not wrong to think or feel that the USA is in utter chaos. Notwithstanding we are being confronted by barriers that are so different to us that many historians and bonafide sociologists, as well as academians and experts have started collecting data before hand in order to begin making theories.
Issues we as an organization, The Contemplative Thinker, are concerned about is the apparent disregard for laws that the nation was founded upon. Does anyone truly believe that during the Founding Generation that these Founders and Framer’s of the rule of law most often referred to as the U.S. Constitution just sat in Philadelphia making choice horse racing bets, then during the interim would thrust out the chicken bones that would determine our fate as a nation?
Predicated upon the classic cases of that particular century — please allow me to advise that debtor’s prisons were still the most heavily crowded and incarcerations ran high for those who were involved in indentured servant contracts to petty crime as stealing a loaf of bread to feed one’s family.
As for a Cabinet member to be implicated in so many crimes from distorted raising of wealth to freely and quite openly discussing matters of national security and other classified materials with known members of the enemy would no doubt be facing a firing squad! And rightfully so…certainly not running for office!
Now as for the President taking so many liberties “into his own hands” moreover, skirting Congress on matters of budget, constant spending, alien and refugee status, as well as this nation’s disregard for immigration laws over and above getting to the public (policy) to see what it is that they want is plain confusing with constant foreign policy anomalies such as sending men and women into battle. The biggest mistake certainly up for debate is whether or not the President should have even alluded to “no boots on the ground.”
Adding to the already chaotic spending for welfare reform, entitlement spending, everything from the Obama phone to the ridiculous nature of seeing to it that every kid in America has at least a computer, how about trying the schools? We literally feel that it is Obama’s mouth — meaning making promises that he has no intention or even logical thought as to how his administration is going to keep them.
Where we are going with this is the notion of Conflict Theory and Structural Theory in Communities primarily based on the age-old theory of Emile Durkheim’s class work with Suicide. Durkheim was interested in explaining a social phenomenon, suicide, and employed both data and theory to offer an explanation. By aggregating data for large groups of people in Europe, Durkheim was able to discern patterns in suicide rates and connect those patterns with another concept (or variable): religious affiliation.
Durkheim found that Protestants were more likely to commit suicide than were Catholics.
At this point, Durkheim’s analysis was still in the data stage; he had not proposed an explanation of the relationship between religious affiliation and suicide rates. It was when Durkheim introduced the ideas of anomie (or chaos) and social solidarity that he began to formulate a theory. Durkheim argued that the looser social ties found in Protestant religions lead to weaker social cohesion and social solidarity and result in increased social anomie. The higher suicide rates were the result of weakening social bonds among Protestants, according to Durkheim.
While Durkheim’s findings have since been criticized, his study is a classic example of the use of theory to explain the relationship between two concepts. Durkheim’s work also illustrates the importance of theory: without theories to explain the relationship between concepts, we would not be able to understand cause and effect relationships in social life or otherwise gain better understandings of social activity.
Which is what we, writing this paper are all about — showing how everything can be made beyond recognition with the lack of basic human values and leadership to support them. More coming…