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Social Analysis. is the effort to obtain a coherent and critical understanding of a social situation. We must Examine: historical and structural relationships. We must be aware: of our world view and bias. Step 1: Understanding the Situation

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social analysis

Social Analysis

is the effort to obtain a coherent and critical understanding of a social situation.

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We must Examine: historical and structural relationships.

We must be aware: of our world view and bias.

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Step 1: Understanding the Situation
  • Ask informational Questions: who, what, when, where, why, how
  • Pay attention to what is missing as well as what you find
  • Who holds Power? What are they willing to do to keep it?
  • what data supports what you discover?
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Step 2: Analyze the situation
  • What patterns emerge from the data?
  • What do the patterns show regarding political, social, economic structures?
  • Which patterns are causes of the problem, which are symptoms?
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Step 3: Discovering Meaning
  • Identify the values operating in the situation
  • Which values are explicitly stated and which ones are implicitly acted upon?
  • Who speaks for these values? Individuals, political party? society as a whole?
theological reflection unmasks the problems which social analysis identifies as social sin
Theological Reflection: Unmasks the problems which social analysis identifies as social sin.
  • How does Catholic social teaching identify a challenge and propose a solution?
  • where is the need for grace, reconciliation and conversion in society?
  • How does scripture speak to the issue? i.e. WWJD? WWJS? WWMS?
  • How does faith give us hope in the face of a challenge that seems impossible to change?