For analyzing contemporary society why are multiple perspectives concerning behavior in society valuable?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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It is always important to use multiple perspectives when analyzing societies.  This is true because no single perspective on society is always correct.  Using multiple perspectives makes it more likely that we will think about various societal issues in ways that are fair to all potential sides.

Sociological perspectives on society are not scientific laws.  Instead, they are perspectives that conform to someone’s views on the world.  For example, when conflict theorists look at society, their views are affected by their Marxist beliefs.  This means that their perspective on society is not necessarily correct.  It also means that we cannot really prove whether their perspective is correct.  In essence, it is simply an informed opinion.

Because of this, it is important to use a variety of perspectives when analyzing society.  If our analyses of society are simply informed opinions, we need to have as many opinions as possible.  If we have a variety of opinions, we are more likely to have opinions that come at various issues from all directions.  For example, if we look at the issue of crime in the United States, we need to use various perspectives so that we can think about such things as the culture of the populations that commit the crimes and the economic circumstances that they find themselves in.  If we only use one or the other of these perspectives, we do not look at the question from all sides.  It is for this reason that we need to look at contemporary society from a variety of perspectives.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Because without multiple perspectives analizing behavior in society we would all be drones agreeing with one another we wouldnt be able to understand someone if they had a different opinion themselves even if we wanted tk because we would just go with the flow. Behaviors in societies are very different dependong on the culture of the society as well. Of course every society wants a well behaved child or adult. But its the definition of well behaved that is different depending on gender and culture. Opinions are what make us alive and allows us to express our feelings towards something. 

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