The Toronto Star published an article explaining basic sociology to Canada’s prime minister.
"You see, sociologists often differentiate between ‘personal injustices’ and ‘systemic’ or ‘structural injustices.’ Personal injustices can be traced back to concrete actions of particular individuals (perpetrators). These actions are often willful, and have a relatively isolated victim.
Structural injustices, on the other hand, are produced by a social structure or system. They are often hard to trace back to the actions of specific individuals, are usually not explicitly intended by anyone, and have collective, rather than isolated, victims. Structural injustices are a result of the unintended actions of many individuals participating in a social system together, usually without knowing what each other is doing. Whereas personal injustices are traced back to the harmful actions (or inactions) of individuals, structural injustices are identified by differential societal outcomes among groups. Sociologists call these ‘social inequalities.’”
Harper’s denial of the relevance of sociology, and the handcuffing of the government’s only institution that can make inquiries into the social health of the country, indicates we’ve elected a man who has no basic understanding of how social problems arise. Or maybe he does, he’s just being very sneaky.
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