In what ways is our reality like the reality of Seahaven?
“We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented.” – Cristof (The Truman Show)
Do the following quotes from the film relate in any way to our reality? “As Truman grew up, we were forced to manufacture ways to keep Truman on the island.” “If he was absolutely determined to discover the truth, there is no was we could prevent him. Ultimately, Truman prefers his ‘cell.’”
Deaths in 2001 9/11 = 3,063 Deaths at Work = 5,915 Pedestrian Accidents = 6,071 Homicides = 15,517 Passenger Accidents = 18,675 Tobacco = 450,000
Implications of Dominant Reality Cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan after 9/11 = over 1.35 trillion dollars. US and ally deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan = 31,741 Afghan civilians killed = 12,500 – 14,700 Iraqi civilians killed = at least 126,000 Pakistani civilians killed = at least 36,000
Implications of Dominant Reality Equipped with a sociological imagination we can discover and highlight processes through which reality is constructed, how it is maintained, and how it effects people’s lives. With a sociological imagination we can: – Face up to “inconvenient facts” – Challenge official explanations – Overcome incorrigible propositions Beliefs held despite evidence to the contrary
Social Construction of Reality: Summary Reality is a social construct, not an immutable fact Some individuals and groups have more power to define reality than others Constructed realities have real consequences for people Reality is constructed by humans, therefore people are able to change it! The sociological imagination helps us see the processes through which reality is constructed and how it effects the conditions in which people live