Social Science Quotes

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Jess C. Scott
“Friends are the family you choose (~ Nin/Ithilnin, Elven rogue).”
Jess C Scott, The Other Side of Life

Cornel West
“Nihilism is a natural consequence of a culture (or civilization) ruled and regulated by categories that mask manipulation, mastery and domination of peoples and nature.”
Cornel West, The Cornel West Reader

Marshall McLuhan
“A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.”
Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man

Herbert Marcuse
“If the worker and his boss enjoy the same television program and visit the same resort places, if the typist is as attractively made up as the daughter of her employer, if the Negro owns a Cadillac, if they all read the same newspaper, then this assimilation indicates not the disappearance of classes, but the extent to which the needs and satisfactions that serve the preservation of the Establishment are shared by the underlying population.”
Herbert Marcuse, One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced Industrial Society

Dalma Heyn
“Married women are far more depressed than married men -- in unhappy marriages, three times more; and -- interestingly -- in happy marriages, five times more. In truth, it is men who are thriving in marriage, now as always, and who show symptoms of psychological and physical distress outside it. Not only their emotional well-being but their very lives, some studies say, depend on being married!”
Dalma Heyn

Kathryn Schulz
“both doubt and certainty are as contagious as the common cold”
Kathryn Schulz, Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Diana Athill
“To me it was plain silly. It is so obvious that life works in terms of species rather than individuals. The individual just has to be born, to develop to the point at which it can procreate, and then to fall away into death to make way for its successors, and humans are no exception whatever they may fancy.”
Diana Athill , Somewhere Towards the End

“[F]or a social theorist ignorance is more excusable than vagueness. Other investigators can easily show I am wrong if I am sufficiently precise. They will have much more difficulty showing by investigation what, precisely, I mean if I am vague. I hope not to be forced to weasel out with 'But I didn’t really mean that.' Social theorists should prefer to be wrong rather than misunderstood. Being misunderstood shows sloppy theoretical work.”
Arthur Stinchcombe

Christopher  Ryan
“Could it be that the atomic isolation of the husband and wife nucleus with an orbiting child or two is in fact a culturally imposed aberration for our species? As ill-suited to our evolved tendencies as corsets, chastity belts, and suits of armor? ...a distorted and distorting family structure inappropriate for our species?”
Christopher Ryan

Sigmund Freud
“Human's intrinsic nature manifest in it's misunderstandings”
Sigmund Freud

Marshall Sahlins
“Parsons famously divided the social science world into a set of component "systems"—notably the social, the cultural, and the psychological—a division that by now seems as arbitrary as it was then influential, especially in its distinction between social structure and the cultural order. Even at the time, it struck some that the project was like analyzing water into its discernible ele­ments of hydrogen and oxygen in order to understand why it runs downhill.”
Marshall Sahlins, What Kinship Is-And Is Not

Kevin Simler
“Biology teaches us that we’re competitive social animals, with all the instincts you’d expect from such creatures. And consciousness is useful—that’s why it evolved. So shouldn’t it stand to reason that we’d be hyper-conscious of our deepest biological incentives? And yet, most of the time, we seem almost willfully unaware of them. We all know they’re there. And yet they make us uncomfortable, so we mentally flinch away.”
Kevin Simler, The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life

Husain Haqqani
“At least part of Pakistan’s quality of education problem stems from its ideological orientation. The goal of education in Pakistan is not to enable critical thinking but to produce skilled professionals capable of applying transferred information instead of being able to think for themselves. To produce soldiers, engineers and doctors indoctrinated with a specifically defined Islamic ideology, the country has ignored liberal arts and social sciences.”
Husain Haqqani, Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State

Leo Tolstoy
“The ones who were actually making an effort to follow the general course of events, and trying to get involved through self-sacrifice and heroic conduct, were the least useful members of society; they looked at things the wrong way round, and everything they did, with the best of intentions, turned out to be useless and absurd, like the regiments provided by Pierre and Mamonov that went off to loot Russian villages, like the lint scraped by the ladies that never got through to the wounded, and so on. Even people who just liked to think things through and talk them over couldn't discuss the current situation of Russia without unconsciously lapsing into hypocrisy, falsehood or useless victimization and animosity levelled against individuals they were eager to blame for things that weren't anybody's fault.

Historical events illustrate more clearly than anything the injunction against eating of the Tree of Knowledge. The only activity that bears any fruit is subconscious activity, and no one who takes part in any historical drama can ever understand its significance. If he so much as tries to understand it, his efforts are fruitless.”
Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace

“Wir leben in einer Gesellschaft, in der Wissen gelehrt und Unwissen praktiziert wird.”
Harald Welzer, Alles könnte anders sein: Eine Gesellschaftsutopie für freie Menschen

David Graeber
“Economics [...] maximizing models are really arguing is that “people will always seek to maximize something,” [...] All they really add to analysis is a set of assumptions about human nature. The assumption, most of all, that no one ever does anything primarily out of concern for others; that whatever one does, one is only trying to get something out of it for oneself. In common English, there is a word for this attitude. It’s called “cynicism.” Most of us try to avoid people who take it too much to heart. In economics, apparently, they call it “science.”
David Graeber, Toward An Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams

B.S. Murthy
“History is naughty for it first creates chaos and then brings about order.”
B.S. Murthy, Puppets of Faith: Theory of Communal Strife

Pierre Bourdieu
“El juego político es un asunto de profesionales para impulsar, sobre todo entre la gente menos politizada, un desapego fatalista, favorable, evidentemente, al mantenimiento del orden establecido.”
Pierre Bourdieu, On Television

C. Wright Mills
“My conception stands opposed to social science as a set of bureaucratic techniques which inhibit social inquiry by ‘methodolocigal’ pretentions, which congest such work by obscurantist conceptions, or which trivialize it by concern with minor problems unconnected with publicly relevant issues.”
C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination

Nassim Nicholas Taleb
“We have this culture of financialization. People think they need to make money with their savings rather with their own business. So you end up with dentists who are more traders than dentists. A dentist should drill teeth and use whatever he does in the stock market for entertainment.”
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“Its never too late to learn sociology, it's essential to read sociology and digest it”
Sociology Group

Abhijit Naskar
“When the people don't give a damn about reason, they can be manipulated quite easily - and in such cases the perception of the people are manufactured by those controlling the narratives. As a result, ask an Azerbaijani, "who do you think is at fault for the conflict at Nagorno-Karabakh" and they'll say, "Armenia of course" - or ask an Indian, "who do you think is at fault for the conflict at Jammu-Kashmir", they'll say, "Pakistan of course". Hard as it may sound, whoever controls the narrative, controls the people. And the only way to break that spell is to practice reason, but without losing your warmth.”
Abhijit Naskar, I Vicdansaadet Speaking: No Rest Till The World is Lifted

Abhijit Naskar
“Once the nations can genuinely engage in interventions of international unity, national security will prevail on its own.”
Abhijit Naskar, Sleepless for Society

Kevin Bales
“Looking at the nature of new slavery we see obvious themes: slaves are cheap and disposable; control continues without legal ownership; slavery is hidden behind contracts; and slavery flourishes in communities under stress. Those social conditions have to exist side by side with an economy that fosters slavery.”
Kevin Bales, New Slavery

Kevin Bales
“Legal remedies that enforce prohibitions against ownership are ineffective, since enslavement and control are achieved without ownership. When ownership is not required for slavery, it can be concealed or legitimated within normal labor contracts. For laws against slavery to work, there must be clear violations that can be prosecuted. To be sure, other laws make it a violation to take away basic human rights, to restrict movement, to take labor without pay, or to force people to work in dangerous conditions. Slavery is unquestionably the ultimate human rights violation short of murder, but to uncover such violations requires two things: political will and an ability to protect the victim.”
Kevin Bales, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

Kevin Bales
“If a government has no motivation to guarantee human rights within its borders, those rights can disappear. If those whose rights are violated cannot find protection, they are unlikely to accuse and fight those with guns and power.”
Kevin Bales, Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy

“An individual can use philosophy to explain his or her belief to explain his or belief on a particular social science theory. However, if the individual negates an existing social science theory he or she needs to excavate new information and provide scientific evidence toward his or her audience. This way the individual can effectively support his or her reasoning to contradict an existing social science theory.”
Saaif Alam

Abhijit Naskar
“Worldliness is shallowness, community is wholeness.”
Abhijit Naskar, When Veins Ignite: Either Integration or Degradation

“Als Leitwissenschaft für eine lebensfähige und lebenswerte menschliche Zukunft kommt mithin nur eine als Humanwissenschaft verstandene Geistes-, Kultur-und Sozialwissenschaft in Frage, die zwar vom Erkenntnis- und Erfahrungsraum der Naturwissenschaften ausgeht, sich jedoch nicht als deren bloßes Anhängsel versteht, sondern vielmehr auf die Selbstdefinitions- und -sublimationsmacht des Menschen als eines Geist-und Sozialwesens vertraut.”
Peter Cornelius Mayer-Tasch, Politische Ökologie: Eine Einführung

Lee McIntyre
“In social science, in contrast to natural science, it seems that by the time one goes in search of empirical evidence, a favored theory has already been chosen, and evidence is being gathered not in order to test it but in order to confirm it.”
Lee McIntyre, Dark Ages: The Case for a Science of Human Behavior

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