Evoking a new way of thinking.
Key Vocabulary: Hetrogeneity
Hetrogeneity is composition from dissimilar parts; disparateness.
Simple perception assumes that the things being
perceived are homogenous -- similar. But most of
things we deal with in life are rather heterogeneous instead.
"The basic claim about the heterogeneity of the social comes down to this: at many levels of scale we continue to find a diversity of social things and processes at work. Society is more similar to fruitcake than cheesecake. Heterogeneity makes a difference because one of the central goals of positivist science is to discover strong regularities among classes of phenomena, and regularities appear to presuppose homogeneity of the things over which the regularities are thought to obtain. So to observe that social phenomena are deeply heterogeneous at many levels of scale, is to cast fundamental doubt on the goal of discovering strong social regularities. the social world is an ensemble, a dynamic mixture, and an ongoing interaction of forces, agents, structures, and mentalities. Social outcomes emerge from this heterogeneous and dynamic mixture." Daniel Little (2008)