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SOC-S101 Midterm Study Guide

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SOC-S101 Midterm Study Guide SOC-S 101

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A Sociology of Taste and Consumption
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Date Created: 10/05/15
Sociology SOCS101 Taste Fine Arts amp Consumption Study Guide Sociology looks at the interaction between individuals and society Social structure things that exist outside our control that exert a force on our lives Taste a preference for a certain cultural good or for certain categories of cultural goods usually on the basis of specific aesthetic criteria Aesthetic of or related to the standards of beauty and taste that people use and express in the evaluation of objects Agency v Structure Food Dessert Social structure areas of relative exclusion where people experience physical and economic barriers to accessing healthy foods Goffman presentation of self social interaction is a natural performance dramaturgytheatrical performance impression Management the manipulation of cues to control and organize the impression we give to others perfomances can be either sincere or cynical front stage on stage people observe back stage working on the performance refinement not revealing themselves to the audience Definition of the situation the process of sensemaking required to determine how one should act and to predict how others may act ldealization the tendency for performers to offer their observers an impression that is idealized in several different ways Social Mobility Approach when the idealized impression one presents to others is higher than ones true position Downgrade approach idealized impression one presents to others is lower than ones true position ex politician trying to be a normal person Sign Vehicle a gesture or object that can communicate information to a person interpreting it Expressions given intentionally conveyed info Expressions given off expressions that one gives off as a byproduct of behavior presumably exhibited for reasons other than conveying information Authenticity the degree to which something is true to its own character or essence despite external pressures Staged back region a second front region that is organized to look like a back region Simmel Class Differentiation process through which fashions trickle down from elites to masses driving consistent changes elites consume to be different from middle class other classes copy elites repeating cycle however everything starts with ELITES Blumer Collective Selection buyers and designers share a common culture Fashion a series of reoccurring changes in the choices of a group of people which though they may be accompanied by utility are not determined by it can be applied to machinery it is a compromise between desire for novelty and a desire for conformity 4 Prerequisites for Fashion Cognoscenti persons who have superior knowledge and understanding of a particular field especially in the fine arts literature and a world of fashion Bourdieu Forms of Capital economic symbolic resources available on the basis of honor prestige or recognition human social cultural education tastes in art ways of speaking that offer people status amp power 2 Types of Cultural Capital Embodied inherited properties of ones self Objectified objects are owned and can be transmitted directly Symbolic Violence the tacit almost unconscious modes of culturalsocial domination occurring within the everyday social habits maintained over conscious subjects ldeologies are always related to POWER with dominant ideologies reinforcing existing power relations Aesthetic Disposition Bourdieu a code necessary for interpreting and understanding dominant forms of culture Popular Aesthetic The subordination of form to function WabiSabi japanese aesthetic centered on the beauty of the imperfect the impertinent and incomplete Boro Kintsugi 4 Components of Information Processing Theories Individuals are rewarded by varied experience Information can be arranged according to complexity High culture is a source of complex information Individuals have different capacities to deal with cultural information PWNT There are 3 Factors Determining Cultural Capacities Cognitive Complexity 1 differentiation 2 articulation 3 integration


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