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SOCI 2013 - 007, Exam #1 Study Guide

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Introductory Sociology
Stefanie Collier
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sociology, Culture, Functionalist, Post Modernism, Symbolic Interactionism, Conflict Theory, Society, research methods
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Sociology Exam #1 Study Guide Chapter One – The Sociological Perspective and Research Process  Started with Comte – positivism  Harriet Martineal translated Comte’s ideas in English and essentially came up with the word Sociology  Founding fathers of Sociology o Marx and Durkheim  Classical Sociologists o Comte – positivism o Martineal – translated Comte o Spencer – social Darwinism o Marx – political writings on capitalism and communism, distance between rich and poor is wrong o Weber – Bureaucracy (iron cage) o Durkheim – studied suicide ratings o Simmel – Anti-positivism o Chicago School – brought sociology to the US o Park – urbanization = sadness o Mead – symbolic interactions (everything we say and do affects us) o Addams – social work, founded ASA o DuBois – double consciousness “the vail”  Functionalism o Sociologists  Parsons – grand theory  Merton – manifest and latent functions o Theory  Society functions and is stable and it works  some jobs are worth more than others  EX: doctors – society would hope that this job is taken seriously and requires highly specialized training  Only a limited number of people possess these skills  EX: not everyone can handle blood or enjoy and excel in all the classes required to become a doctor  Learning these skills takes years of training and experience  EX: great debt, stress, horrible hours, no income for at least 8 years  Motivate people by offering power, prestige and money  EX: when you hear of a doctor you think of medical or educational which then you think rich o Leads to social inequality inequality is good for socityits functionl inevitable  Conflict Theory o Sociologists  Mills – power elite and “sociological imagination”  Feminism – patriarchy o Theory  No measure showing one job or person is more important than another  Many capable people have been denied opportunity  EX: doctors used to be 90% men and 10% women and now it is 50/50  Rewards are out of proportion  EX: a CEO gets paid way more than baseline worker … whose work contributes more to society  Motivation once basic needs are met  Always wanting more  Desire to become your own boss  Pride – desire to be better  Desire to give input o Inevitably leads to hostility, conflict, disfunction and no motivation  Symbolic Interactionism o Sociologists  Mead – generalized other – not treat everyone equally  Blumer – construction of social reality o Not really testable o Based on personal interactions and day to day behavior o Doesn’t apply to stratification or inequalities  Post Modernism o Perpetual incompleteness pluralism in social realities o Basically trying to find out all the information that has been looked at and discussed in all time and prove it right or wrong  Social Research 1. Select and Define a Research Problem 2. Review Previous Research 3. Formulate Hypothesis 4. Develop Research Design – quantitative or qualitative research 5. Collect and Analyze Data 6. Draw conclusions and Report Findings Chapter Two – Culture  Material Culture – cultural artifacts, physical or tangible things  Non-material culture – customs or behaviors or trends, intangible things  Cultural Universals – appearance, activities, social institutions, customary practices  Symbols  Language  Values  Norms – established rules or behavior or standards of conduct  Folkways – informal norms, EX: wearing deodorant  Mores – strongly held norms, comes with consequences  Values  Norms  Folkways/Mores/Laws  Technology  Cultural Diversity  Subculture – set of people who have similar distinguishing things that set them apart  Counterculture – groups that strongly reject dominant social values/norms  Functionalist Theory o Serves a significant function o Cohesive force – glue of society  Conflict Theory o Helps to create and sustain the privileged position of the powerful  Symbolic Interactionism o People create, maintain and change culture as they live  Postmodernism o We should discuss cultures at the same time rather than just a single culture o We simulate what we watch on TV or see on the computer Chapter Three – Socialization  Socialization = a lifelong process occurring through social interaction with everyone  Basic survival needs o Food o Water o Shelter  Social Isolation o Harlow’s Experiment – maternal separation, dependency needs and social isolation experiments on monkeys o Anna – little girl found tied to a small chair in a dark storage room for her first five years of her life with little to no food, absolutely no talking or caressing or attention o Genie – locked in a room for 13 years without talking, barely any food or water, tied to a chair o All of these proved that growing up without the essential social skills made them incapable of functioning in society in someway  Symbolic Interactionist View o Self-concept is the totality of our beliefs and feelings  Cooley’s Looking Glass Self o Way in which a person’s way of self is based off of others perception of them  Mead’s Role Taking o Assuming the identity of another, significant other, I & Me or generalized other o Role Models  Functionalist View o Primary Socialization  Starts at birth  Parents = teacher  Sense of self begins  Learn to speak and be a part of something bigger – society o Secondary Socialization  Learns from teachers and peers  Branch out of the house o Tertiary Socialization  Adults who have to adapt to something they never knew before  Learn to deal with certain ways people may treat you that you never knew before  Conflict Theory View o False consciousness  Reality of how much class affects social class  Agents of Socialization o Family o Peers o School o Mass media o Religion  Gender socialization o Begins before you are even born o When parents know – name, hobbies, colors are all decided  Racial Socialization o Specific messages and practices that concern the nature of ones race o Relate to identity, social class and intrapersonal relationships Chapter Four – Social Structure & Interaction in Everyday Life  Social structure o Complex framework of societal institutions and social practices that make up a society o Organize and establish limits on behavior  Social Interaction o Process where people act toward or respond to others o Foundation for all relationships and groups in society  Status – socially defined position in a group or society characterized by a certain expectation or duty o Status set – all the statuses a person has over a time o Ascribed status – social position given at birth or received involuntarily later in life o Achieved status – social position that a person assumes voluntarily o Master status – the most important status a person obtains  Role – a set of behavioral expectations associated with a given status o Expectation – a way a role should be played o Performance – how the role is played o Conflict – incompatible role demands on a person with more than 2 statuses o Strain – incompatible role demands on a person’s single status o Exit – disengaging from a role  Groups o Social – 2 or more people who interact frequently o Primary – small less specialized group where members are in face to face emotion based interaction o Secondary – large more specialized group where members are in impersonal, goal orientated interaction  Societies o Hunting and Gathering o Pastoral – based on technology that supports the domestication of large animals to provide food o Agrarian – technology of large scale farming to provide food o Industrial o Postindustrial – technology supports a service and information based economy  Solidarity o Mechanical – Durkheim’s term for social cohesion of pre-industrial societies, minimal division of labor o Organic – Durkheim’s term for social cohesion of industrial societies, people preform very specialized tasks and feel united by mutual dependence  Gemeinschaft – traditional society based on personal bonds of friendship  Gesellschaft – large urban society based on impersonal and specialized relationships  Ethnomethodology – study of commonsense knowledge that people use to understand the situations in which they are in


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