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Intro to Sociology 1020
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EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE Social Structure & Interaction  ­Group, primary group, secondary group, reference groups, in­group vs. out­group, social networks o Primary group­ friends, family, intimate face­to­face o Secondary group­ more anonymous, impersonal, formal, based on shared  interests/activities ex. Voluntary organizations o In­group­ loyalty and belonging o Out­group­ antagonism/hostility between groups ex. School rivalry o Social networks­ people who are linked to one another by the groups they belong to   ­Group size & group dynamics o Smaller groups = less stable (dyads, triads, and so on) the more people in the  group, the stronger the stability there is within the group  ­Five characteristics of bureaucracies   Dysfunctions of bureaucracies   ­Groupthink & consequences o Groupthink­ narrowing of thought of a group that leads to a perception that there is only one “right” viewpoint and one “right” course of action; to suggest an  alternative would be seen as confrontational and disloyal ex. Shuttle disaster but  everyone conformed to “it doesn’t matter”  ­Leader, types of leaders, & leadership styles o Authoritarian­ one person dominates a group o Democratic­ everyone has an opinion and equal power o Laissez­faire­ “hands off” o Instrumental­ task­oriented o Expressive­ socioemotional  ­Stanley Milgram and the power of authority o Authoritative figure telling the person to up the voltage when answer is wrong  ­Solomon Asch & the power of peer pressure/group conformity o Used different sized cards and observed groups of people conforming to the  wrong answer Deviance and Social Control  ­What is deviance?  o Any violation of norms (not just crime)  ­Stigma o Characteristics that discredit people ex) norm of appearance­ birthmarks, burn  victims, big ears  ­Explanations of deviance: Sociobiologists vs. psychologists vs. sociologists o Sociobiologists­ study biological and genetic predispositions for deviance EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE o Psychologists­ focus on abnormalities within individuals (mental)  Deviant personalities lead to deviant behavior o Sociologists­ look for answers outside individuals­ environment, socialization,  membership in cultures, etc.   ­Edwin Southerland & Differential Association Theory: “Excess of definitions” o From different groups we associate with, we learn to deviate or conform to  society’s norms o “excess of defninitions”­ lead us to one side or the other  ­Walter Reckless & Control Theory: inner and outer controls o Inner controls­ based on strength of attachments, commitments, involvements,  and beliefs (morality, conscience, religious principles) o Outer controls­ family, friends, opinions of others and social standing  ­Labeling Theory  o Labels, the significance of reputation, and how reputations help determine our  path of deviance or conformity (“saints” vs “roughnecks”)  ­According to Emile Durkheim, what are the three functions of deviance? Can you give  or identify appropriate examples? o Clarifies moral boundaries and affirms norms o Promotes social unity o Promotes social change  ­Robert Merton & strain theory  o How mainstream values produce deviance: we learn to desire cultural goals  (possessions, wealth, prestige) o Most use institutional means to acieve the goals (education, hard work, etc)  ­Illegitimate opportunity structure (How does social class affect the types of crimes we  have the opportunity to commit?) o Street crime vs “white collar” crime  ­Conflict theory and the criminal justice system (Which groups of people are  disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system?) o Criminal justice system­ police, courts, and prisons that deal with people  accused of committing crimes o as an instrument of oppression:  conflict theorists regard power and social inequality as main  characteristics of society  argue the notion the law treats everyone equally to bring justice is a myth o disproportionate representation­ if you make up a small % of the population,  but are greatly represented in a certain area (ex. Prison population)  ­What is recidivism?  o Within 3 years, 62% of prisoners are rearrested and 52% sent back to prison Global Stratification   ­What is social stratification? EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE o SS­ system in which groups of people are divided into layers according to  PROPERTY, POWER, AND PRESTIGE (3P’S)  ­Three major systems of social stratification (be able to describe each) o Slavery­ based on debt, crime, and war conditions: temporary vs lifelong, slave  status not always inheritable, slaves status not always powerless and poor o Caste­ birth determines lifelong status  based on ascribed/achieved statuses (US  racial caste system from moment of birth, race marks everyone for life and racial groups are hierarchal  Endogamy­ marrying within your own group  Ritual pollution­ the idea that marrying outside of your group is polluting the purity of your group o Class­ placed at birth and primarily based on money/material possessions  Social mobility­ movement up or down social ladderdepends on whether the system is open or closed  depends on starting position at birth  ­What determines social class according to Karl Marx? What about Max Weber? o Marx­ stratification happens when small groups in power use society’s resources  to benefit themselves and oppress others  ­Davis and Moore’s explanation for how stratification is functional—also, what are the  critiques of this argument? o Society must make sure positions are filled o Some positions are more important than others o More important positions were to be filled by most qualified people o To motivate qualified people, there must be different awards given o Critiques:  How do we determine what positions are most important?  Stratification should be based on meritocracy, but is it really?  If stratification is so functional, then it ought to benefit everyone  ­Conflict perspective on stratification: Mosca and Power; Karl Marx;  o Mosca­ argued that stratification by power Is inevitable  For society to exist, it must be organized. This requires leadership to  coordinate people’s actions  To have leader and followers, there must be inequalities of power  human nature is self­centered, therefore people in power will use position  to reap greater rewards for themselves or their group  ­You should be able to describe how functionalism & conflict theory differ in their views  of stratification. (There is a table in your books that describes this in a succinct way.)  ­What other ways are people controlled besides force? o Soft control­ controlling people’s ideas  ideology­ beliefs that justify the way  things are, controlling information labor camps, media domination, censorship,  stifling criticism, Big Brother Technology monitoring citizens with cameras,  wiretaps, etc.   ­Stratification of nations: most industrialized, industrializing, and least industrialized  (What are characteristics of each and/or what are the living conditions like?) EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE  ­3 ways the world became stratified: colonialism, world system theory (core,  semiperiphery, periphery, external), and culture of poverty  o Colonialism­ countries that industrialized first got a head start and established  economic colonies o World system theory­ industrialization led to 4 groups of nations: core,  semiperiphery, periphery, and external o Culture of poverty­ a way of life that perpetuates poverty from one generation to the next (living on the edge of starvation and can’t afford to make changes)  ­3 ways that stratification is maintained (neocolonialism, multinational corporations,  technology and globalization) o Neocolonialism­ replaced colonialism  using international markets to control  Least Industrialized nations (selling goods on credit creates a circle of debt) o Multinational Corporations­ direct and indirect exploitation of least  industrialized countries  buying political stability by funneling money and  weapons in return for low taxes and cheap labor o Technology and global domination­ LIN are unable to invest in technology but  some are able to export manufactured goods on a massive scale due to cheap labor $ from exports is then used to adopt high technology to modernize infrastructure (transportation, communication, electrical, and banking) and advance their  industry Social Class in the United States  ­What is social class and what are the reasons it is important? o Social class­ large group of people who are grouped together base don’t he fact  that they have similar 3P’s o Important­ lead to different lifestyles, different chances in life, and shape the  way people look at the world and themselves  ­Max Weber and the three P’s (be able to describe each) o Power­ influence o Property­ wealth/income o Prestige­ status (occupational, etc.)  ­How has the distribution of income changed over time? o Rich get richer, poor stay/get poorer  ­C. Wright Mills, William Domhoff & the power elite  ­Status consistency vs. status inconsistency   ­Kahl and Gilberts 6­tier model of social class o Capitalist  upper middle lower middle workingworking  poorunderclass  ­How does our social class affect our lives? o Determines how you move on social ladder and the 3P’s o Physical and mental health o Family life o Education EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE o crime  ­ exchange and structural mobility o Intergenerational­ the change that family members make in social class from  one generation to the next o Upward­ movement up the social ladder o Downward mobility­ movement down social ladder o Structural­ movement as result of changes in structure of society o Exchange­ same number of people moving up as moving down, showing little  change in social class system  ­Know about the poverty line, how it’s calculated, and the problems associated with the  poverty line   Race and Ethnicity   ­What is race and what is ethnicity? o Race­ the use of inherited physical traits to distinguish one group from another o Ethnicity­ shared lifestyle informed by cultural, historical, religious, and/or  national affiliations  ­Be familiar with the myths about race (these will likely show up as True/False questions)  ­Whiteness o Racial domination normalized  reproduces cultural, political, economic, and  social advantages and privileges for white, while withholding them from  nonwhites  ­What is colorblind racism? o The idea that one’s race no longer significantly impacts one’s life  we are NOT  in a colorblind society and race has real consequences on people’s lives  ­Symbolic violence  o  ­Be familiar with the racial makeup of the US population (largest/smallest groups, etc)  o Whites­ 65% o Latinos­ 15% o Blacks­ 13% o Asian­ 4% o Two or more races­ 2% o Native American­ 1%  ­biology and race  ­Five fallacies about racism/identify examples o Individualistic­ only involves ideas an prejudices, assumes there are 2 types of  people (racist vs non­racist), and ignores structural racism o Legalistic­ assumes that abolishing racist laws automatically gets rid of racism o Tokenistic­ assumes the presence of POC in influential positions is evidence that  racism isn’t an obstacle for POC anymore o Ahistorical Fallacy­ assumes the history of the US is inconsequential today “I  didn’t own a slave and you were never a slave!” EXAM 2 STUDY GUIDE o Fixed fallacy­ assumes that racism is fixed, that it’s the same over space and time (assumes race doesn’t increase or decrease over time)  ­Who created race and why o European powers to seize control over the Americas  ­How was race created? (structural and cultural representation—be able to identify  examples)  ­What is a racial microaggression? o “you don’t look/sound black”, “you’re pretty for a Latina girl”  ­Know the difference and be able to identify examples of institutional vs. interpersonal  racism  o Institutional: Jim Crow Laws o Interpersonal: to your face Gender, Sex, and Sexuality  ­Sex (primary and secondary characteristics) versus gender o Sex­ primary reproductive organs, secondary physical differences (breasts,etc.)  ­Reasons for the gender pay gap? o Occupational segregation, labor market experience, union status, race, education  attainment  ­Identify examples of heterosexual privilege o Immediate access to our loved one in case of accident or emergency o Public recognition and support for an intimate relationship o Expressing affection in most social situations and not expecting hostile or violent  reactions from others o Living with your partner and doing so openly  ­The glass ceiling vs. the glass escalator  o Men have glass escalator  ­Be able to define sexuality o Who we are physically attracted to  ­What is heteronormativity? o Social, legal, political, and interpersonal practices that assume heterosexuality to  be normal and natural  ­How have we historically dealt with children who are born intersex? o Make them female  ­3 levels of the gender structure o Individual­ development of gendered selves o Cultural/interactional­ as we interact in our day to day lives, men and women  face different cultural expectations (even when they occupy identical structural  positions) o Institutional­ distribution of society’s resources (jobs, power, money, etc)


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