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Science fiction, the point of view of a sociology student

So I was thinking about the sociological approach that would apply to science fiction if it was ever offered as such a course in the sociology department. First off i would like to say that i was never a science fiction enthusiast but i took this class out of curiosity and in all honesty it’s taught me a few interesting things so here it goes.Sociology is defined as a systematic study of society and social relationships , the common thing that Science fiction and sociology have is the precursor of a Utopian Philosophy. This is often used through literary forms such as voyage;which allows the construction of hypothetical societies, that can appear both as human and nonhuman and teach society new lessons. In our contemporary society displacement also works as a critique of the type of society the author lives in. However this is only a theory of mine seeing as we don’t really know if this was the main purpose of the authors however it is a significant result of the work. Anyway in my opinion studying science fiction through a sociological lense would be an interesting perspective seeing as it would bring the “fiction” aspect and the sociological analysis point through.

 

Science fiction shaping society?

In my opinion, society has absolutely since Star Trek began in 1966 and this started a revolution where society was becoming an advanced medium. The first man walked on the moon, clones where create and synthetic life was now being developed . Our technology is progressing so fast that it is now chanting our society and leading us to a debate over ethical issues and scientific challenges. From someone who had never looked into science fiction in depth i can honestly say that it is starting to scare me just a little. When we consider the effects of the developing technology ,science fiction has been addressing the long-term problems that our society sweeps under the rug. Science fiction movies, books, articles etc…that address creating a new specie, experimenting on animals, robots and such allows us humans to understand ( as well as we can ) what may be waiting for us along the line and shows us how dependent we really are on our technologies and illustrates the misguided concepts we may have .In addition I believe that science fiction was used to shape society, with the use of monsters and the use of aliens, it’s a play on the fear of the unknown which is scary (to me at least!) and that was always used to keep us in check.