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Introduction to Sociology Study Guide

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Introduction to Sociology Study Guide SOCY 1001 001

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Introduction to Sociology
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+++ These terms were given to me by Andrea to know for the first test+++ +++Words in bold are the people who came up with the idea+++ Chapter 1- The Sociological Imagination Sociology- the study of groups of people in society Sociological Imagination- C. Wright Mills- Being aware of the social forces that shape our lives and define who we are as individuals 4 Components that Define Society- 1. Systematic Study 2. The individual 3. Society 4. The consequences of difference Functionalist Perspective (Functionalism) - The sociological approach to explaining how society is structured Micro vs. Macro Sociology- Micro- study of small groups of people; i.e. face to face interactions Macro- study of large groups of people; i.e. classroom interactions Conflict Perspective (macro) - mostly about power; states that social behavior is best understood when there is tension between groups Interactionist Perspective (Symbolic Interactionism) (micro) - sociological explanations of society as a whole as they interact on a daily basis Personal Sociology- recognizing the individual impact we have on society as an individual Chapter 2- Sociological Research Scientific Method- a systematic series to researching a specific problem Operational Definition- turning an abstract concept into something we can understand Causal Logic (causation) - a relationship where one variable makes another variable change; one variable causes something to happen Correlation- two variables coincide with each other; either positive (one goes up the other goes up or vice versa) or negative (one goes up and the other goes down) Validity- degree to which something truly reflects the variable being studied Reliability- degree to which something can produce consistent results Chapter 3- Culture Cultural Lag- period of time of adjustment from one culture to another Diffusion- spreading of culture from a beginning point Material vs. Nonmaterial Culture- Material- physical characteristics of distinct culture found in objects Nonmaterial- values, norms, etc. of a culture Nonverbal Communication- gestures, facial expressions, and other ways of communication other than speaking Norm- an established standard that most individuals of a society partake in; i.e. eye contact when speaking Folkway- norms, little concern when the boundaries of a norm is violated Mores- norm that is necessity in a society Sanction- either a reward or punishment concerning a norm Subculture- a smaller part of a culture with distinctive mores, folkways, and values; i.e. high school Culture shock- feelings of not belonging in a certain culture when interacting with another culture Ethnocentrism- tendency to feel that one’s own culture is dominant over others, and that their ways of culture are superior to others Culture relativism- seeing another culture through the perspective of their own Culture Universe- a trait common to most other culture in the world Chapter 4- Socialization Socialization- the process of acquiring attitudes, values, and behaviors for a specific culture over a person’s lifetime Self- knowing who we are based on social interactions; distinct from other people Looking-glass Self- Cooley- theory that states we act how we are based on the view others have on us Goffman- Dramaturgical approach- a view where people are actors trying to put on a successful performance Impression Management- altering our physical appearance in order to please others around us Gender roles- expected behaviors, attitudes, and activities regarding males and females (respectively) Life Course Approach- research where scientists study social factors that influence people from birth until death Anticipatory Socialization- people “rehearse” for future social interactions, jobs, and social relationships Resocialization- process of getting rid of certain behaviors and acquiring new ones Sandwich Generation- occurs when an individual lives with someone of an older generation and a younger generation Chapter 5- Social Structure and Interaction Social Structure- “skeleton” of society; consists of the roles individuals have and how they interact with one another Ascribed Status- people are usually born with their status without regard for their unique characteristics that may have them in another status Achieved Status- status that we can change; i.e. getting a better job Role Conflict- 2 or more social statuses conflict; i.e. when a parent has a job, and their kid gets sick Gemeinschaft- often in rural areas and the individuals living in the community have strong relationships Gesellschaft- often in urban areas and relationships are not as strong


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