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This is part of my grad project at the Western Institute for Social Research

What is 'radical' (adj)  rad·i·cal [ ráddik'l    Jah~! PRETEND THIS SITE IST EINE NEO-ACADEMIC-ZINE JOURNAL pre-prototype

  1. basic: relating to or affecting the basic nature or most important features of something of happenstance
  2. pervasive: far-reaching, searching, or thoroughgoing- perhaps thought provoking as a social chafe
  3. favoring major changes: favoring or making economic, political, or social changes of a sweeping or extreme nature
  4. Conceiving a new way of completing those lingering WISR graduation requirements
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What is Radical Sociology?

Sociology as a profession studies the 'science of society, social institutions, and social relationships', and specifically the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized human groups.  In my studies at WISR I specialize in looking at social character and systematic organization of human interaction. I'm befuddled by what I observe not just in others but in my own rationale, behaviors and what I describe as TWA - my fancy flight of harboring Thoughts, Word usage and Acts, how I am in deliberation living out my existence. By bringing critical analysis to bear on what I describe as the "Mass Trance" of social interaction, my hope is that Self Liberation and societal refuge from the long cliff fall we are engaging is a rescue delivered by broad radical sociological thinking that ought irritate the status quo and  challenge our taken-for-granted beliefs and practices. My objective therefore in writing Self Liberation invites us to engage in a disciplined critique of our own lives, the society to which we belong, and societies distinct from our own. Informed by a 'Self Lib' perspective, I hope to enable us all  to reflect on social life in a positive, redemptive manner. 

Meanwhile, FEEL FREE to browse around and enjoy.

Says Alvin Gouldner in The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology, "a Reflexive Sociology is and would need to be a radical sociology. Radical, because it would recognize that knowledge of the world cannot be advanced apart from the sociologist's knowledge of himself and his position in the social world, or apart from his efforts to change these. Radical, because it seeks to transform as well as to know the alien world inside him. Radical, because it would accept the fact that the roots of sociology pass through the sociologist as a total man, and that the question he must confront, therefore, is not merely how to work, but how to live... The historical mission of a Reflexive Sociology is to transcend sociology as it now exists. In deepening our understanding of our own sociological selves and of our position in the world, we can, I believe, simultaneously help to produce a new breed of sociologists who can also better understand other men and their social worlds. A Reflexive Sociology means that we sociologists must - at the very least - acquire the ingrained habit of viewing our own beliefs as we now view those held by others." Harold Garfinkel has also approached this idea in an interesting manner with his contention that sociologists are like goldfish swimming in a bowl, confidently analyzing other goldfish, without having ever stopped to recognize the bowl and the water they have in common with the fish they study.  Haluza-DeLay
- Alvin Gouldner, The Coming Crisis of Western Sociology (New York: Basic Books, Inc., Publishers, 1970).