Sociology is a very in depth field that spans many study and specialized areas such as economics, history, political studies.

Sociology is a very in depth field

Sociology is a very in depth field that spans many study and specialized areas such as economics, history, political studies. Sociology has benefited from a great many contributors in the field, both hands analysis of data retrieved through studies, and theorists that lay out the course and direction for studies. Of the large number of sociologists, Jane Addams immediately stood out to me. One of my co-workers about a year ago actually introduced me to Jane Addams’ “social philosophy” when I asked about one of her quotes that she had hanging on her wall. My friend is a case manager and has a degree in sociology. In our line of work, addiction treatment, case management must come with a genuine concern for the client, and my co-worker friend told me that much of the “out-reach” aspect of social work had begun with Jane Addams.

Her work is very relevant to me. Being a female, I subscribe to her egalitarian principles, and her philanthropic life is appealing for me to study, as I want to further my career in the addiction treatment field. “Addams and other pioneering female sociologists commonly combined intellectual inquiry, social service work, and political activism-all with the goal of assisting the underprivileged and creating a more egalitarian society” (Schaefer, 2016). Her work in the early 1900’s is increasingly important; as it is apparent that society is definitely moving towards egalitarianism, or at least having debate on it. I admire her work, courage and perseverance especially as a proponent for the unpopular women’s suffrage movement, which was probably the most significant shift towards gender equality western society has experienced.

As I read the suggestions our book and outline gave to pick a sociologist to speak about, I have no problem admitting that I felt each one listed have real effects and relevance in society today, Jane Addams stood out for me from my previous knowledge of her life.

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