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First Few Classes Notes

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First Few Classes Notes SOC 2104

Caroline Welch
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Contemporary Sociological Theory
Jeffrey L Johnson, Jr

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contemporary sociological theory 1113 what is social ljrace ethnicity class sex and sexuality How people interact with others Networks interacting with other networks iw students with authority Inclusive of all people race gender and orientation Relationships and power Class differences Self identi cation vs others identi cation of you Sex vs gender biological vs self identifying Sexuality What is theory Explanation to the interactions Framework of understanding How we all view the world Explanations on personal level How do you do theory Understand Ask questions Reading 1 15 o Lemeret showing the different realities of where you grow up Professionals people who are more practiced and thinking about the same things 0 What is the difference between people and professionals 0 Different positions in sociology l looking for similarities to bring together Lemeret l talks about how once in 605 everyday and sociologists realized there were huge differences but there was a universal commonality we could potentially all get to Sociological theory is relatively new 0 Changing very rapidly Peasants o LemertLevine claim that sociological theory begins with the industrial revolution but traditional thinkers were skeptical Modernity to post modernity classical to contemporary 0 Class and race had a role in the transition of what would happen next Lemeret difference is largely between who does theory now education change and the culture of critical thinking the change from classical to contemporary 0 Hard to identify which was a sociological contemporary theory turning movement 0 Contemporary is about many social words not just of white European men 0 Not a uni ed globe but more people are included in their thinking Moment when language invaded page 13 0 Important to say he gave talk in 1966 0 Starting to concern ourselves with more problems than our own ie black women gbt o Claiming authority for themselves 0 Absence at center of origin Intersections Used to focus on quotwhite male bread winnerquot l sixties transitioned to no longer just focus on that LEVINE Losing meaning and becoming meaningless Two key dichotomy s Four key positions you can take Solution for sociology is to call it quota dinner hostquot or the conversation and brings the different parts together Tension between individual and collective vs naturalism and humanism those are the two dichotomy s Humans are atoms and natural The four postulates Why are these readings under sociology and the good life They both have different de nitions of the good life De ning the meaning of the good life based off of their views Levine ljethics sociology more than other social sciences was looking for a non religious set of ethics to show how to live Key problem with modernity is attainment Assuming things will continually get better List of 9 problem of modernity from Levine Rationally on the list with it comes a lot of unawareness The better institutions works the less people need to explain how it works Before sociologist economists etc were the ones who explained things 1120 Social theory has changed because of who s writing it Social identity lcentral puzzle is there a continuous self Levine Laws of nature should dictate the laws we make Laws of society as natural as laws of nature Beginning of 20th century l there was a critique about how to make sociology as a science and not talk about ethics The quest The idea that we can have one ethic for everyone is absurd No universal ethic but dialogical ethic lhis argument 6 traditions we inherited from quest before us 0 Aristotle 0 Scottish 0 French theorists l saw levels of complexity o Marx 0 And two others Science cant prove what the en will be and which ends will prevail Levine says those 6 traditions can have conversations and you don39t need to completely commit to one forget about ideological commitment Those are all traditions and in past you would need to make commitment but now they all need to be in conversations with each other Offers a schema dialogical approach to the quest 0 Schema assumes you re familiar with parson and freud Adaptation of ego in Freudian theory A 0 Goal attainment with needs and desires G 0 Integration super ego is imagined and ego is the sense of self l integrating and specifying the norms that guide us I o Latent patterns l obtaining our norms and where we re going L AGIL is an agenda because many of the problems will continue but they will help you solve problems that are getting in the way of reaching the goolee MILLS Concerned people weren t worried about social issues and the quest for secular ethic There is a distinction between troubles and issues it is made to compare personal troubles to broader issues 0 How does the distinction go into his discussion of values 1122 Levine l dialogical approach to social sciences in the attempt to reach goolee 0 Mills con ict driven argumentative o Modernist becoming post modernist Page 18 mills appears quotmy aim in this bookquot Page 21 list of his values and values against him I and other rst person hadn t been used before biases let those who don39t agree ght it we all hold biased different values mills makes complicate claim that there is a person with personal troubles but there are public issues OOOOOO 0 personal trouble is bundle of public issues microsociology OOOOOOOO 00000000000000000 0 quotthe self the l and mequot mead self becomes an object to itself the self is social whole point of argument what do you have to do to become aware of the self about the body if you lose a physical aspect you are still yourself the self l inner dialogue and thoughts how does self become known Generalized other lose arm or leg you still have an idea of unidenti ed self doesn39t mean you lose yourself self is within the body generalized other to get outside communication how can you get outside yourself myself has obligations to other selves communication is the form in which the person becomes objects listening and responding to generalized other dialogue is symbolic of what you owe to the other self what self is there during literal conversations conversation can occur alone within one self have a need to express yourself thought is for action seek out others for the communication is acting against with generalized other Multiple personality is somewhat normal Uni ed self with a community as a whole Dissociation is possible Symbolic interactionism l against generalized other and me being worked I only becomes in memory Bloomer quotsymbolic interactionsquot 0 Meaning making and the situation


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