This paper introduces a practical application of sociology. It attempts to do so as a modest effort in perceiving varied images of the human and of society. It makes available, as interventions for the treatment of individual crises and for empirical verification, a set of presuppositions about the features and consequences of human social nature. The preponderance of social scientific theories and practices found in the literature have a commonality germane to the definition and resolution of social problems - horizontal change. An optional theory and corresponding set of practices espousing vertical change focus less on the maintenance and content of the social self or ego, and more on the process and outcomes of identification with it The latter emphasis is a version of clinical humanism not found in the rhetoric constituting sociological practice.
Mulkey, Lynn M.
"Humanizing Sociological Thought and Practice,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol15/iss1/8