8 Misleading images of Sociology as depicted in Peter Berger's article:1.Sociologists are social workers; they are seen as professionals helping out people in the community.
ÃÂThis is an inaccurate image of sociologists as sociological knowledge can be useful to people of varying professions and anyone concerned with action in the society.
ÃÂThese actions however, are not specifically humanitarian. They are not related to the character of the information itself.
2.Sociologists are perceived as theoretician for social work.
ÃÂIn actuality, social work is more influenced by psychology then sociology when developing its ÃÂtheoryÃÂ.
ÃÂThere is a major difference between sociology and social work. Social work is a certain practice in the society but sociology is the attempt to understand it.
ÃÂSociological understanding can be applied not only to social workers, but also to those whose professions involve the manipulation of men.
3.Sociology is value-free; scientific integrity is the only fundamental value.
ÃÂThe sociologist has many values, with his own set of convictions, emotions and prejudices. He has to control these as bias and eliminate them from his work.
ÃÂSociologists have to see what is there, putting their hopes and fears aside as to what they might find.
4.Sociologists are social reformers. They play the role of arbiter of all branches of knowledge for the welfare of men. They are also expected to come up with blueprints for reform on any number of social issues.
ÃÂIn the real world, sociologists may be engaged to give advice on social conditions. However, it is not part of their job scope to actually carry out reforms to change these social conditions.
ÃÂThis misleading image is similar to that of sociologists who are seen as social workers.
5.Sociologists are gatherer of statistics about human behavior.
ÃÂSociological research is being mistaken...