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Exam 1 Study Guide

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This is modeled after the Study Guide given by Dr. Richard Fey, but expanded on with examples given in class
Introduction to Sociology
Dr. Richard Fey
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Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 Chapter 1 – The Sociological Perspective and Research   ● The difference between Psychology and Sociology is that  ○ Psychology is based on studying individuals and how their brains function ○ Sociology is studying culture and society as a whole ● Why Study Sociology? ○ the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.  ● Macro vs. Micro Analysis ○ Micro­ small interpersonal dynamics ■ Symbolic interactionism (paradigm) ○ Macro­ looking at the institution of something ■ 2 big Macro Theory paradigms:  ● structural functionalism­ how all institutions function with each other ● conflict perspective­ Looks at everything that the haves and haves not do for power ● The Sociological Perspective – Peter Berger ○ General social patterns in the behavior of particular individuals ○ Seeing the strange in the familiar ■ The example of who goes to college and why ● The Sociological Imagination ○ C. Wright Mills wrote: Sociological imagination ■ Society is often responsible for many of our problems ■ To understand ourselves, we must understand society ■ Book talked about how everyone’s individual opinions are shaped by society ■ Social control is beneficial in the larger sense (social structure) ■ Distinction between our personal problems, and public issues ■ We need to learn to separate things that have to do with: ● Personal troubles, or biography ● Social issues, or history ● Basic, Applied and Public Sociology ○ Basic Sociology­ analyzing some aspect of society with no goal other than gaining knowledge ○ Applied Sociology­ the use of sociology to solve problems­ from the micro level to the macro  level ○ Public Sociology­ applying sociology for the public good; especially the use of the sociological  perspective to guide politicians and policy makers ■ Sociological perspective­ how things are related to one another ● What is Theory? ○  Theory: a statement of how and why facts are related ■ Looking at the world through different perspectives ■ Guide us in our research ■ Tries to disprove it before believe it ■ Statement explaining a phenomenon  ○ Paradigm: a set of fundamental assumptions that guides thinking ■ Set of theories  Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ■ Umbrella theory, that has a bunch of other theories associated with it ● Conflict theory­ Karl Marx ○ Class struggle ■ In each society, a small group controls the means of production and exploits those who aren’t in  control ● Ex: in industrialized societies is btwn bourgeoisie (people in power) and proletariat (workers) ● Theoretical Perspectives ○ Symbolic interactionism­ a theoretical perspective in which society is viewed as composed of  symbols that people use to establish meaning, develop their views of the world, and  communicate with one another ○ Functional analysis­ a theoretical framework in which society is viewed as composed of various  parts, each with a function that, when fulfilled, contributes to society’s equilibrium (also known  as functionalism and structural functionalism) ● Ethics in Sociological Research ○ Can’t falsify the results ○ People should be informed that there is research being done ○ People should never be harmed by the research ○ Much protect the anonymity of people who give information ○ Researchers cannot misrepresent themselves Chapter 2 – Culture    ● What culture is and is not ○ IS­ symbols, languages, values, all material and nonmaterial artifacts of people ○ IS NOT to be confused with Society;  Society refers to a group of people, interacting within a  given territory, who are guided in their daily lives by their CULTURE ● Material vs. Nonmaterial ○ Material: a table ○ Nonmaterial: a craft table, dining table, kitchen table ● The roles of symbols, language and values in a culture ○ Symbols ■ Anything that carries a particular meaning recognized by people who share culture ■ Basis of culture; Ex: the American culture ■ Reality for humans is found in the meaning things carry with them ○ Language ■ A system of symbols that allows people to communicate with one another ○ 35%­ the literal meaning, English context ○ 65%­ Paralanguage/ nonverbal implications of how words are said ■ Norms ● Expectations of “right” behavior ■ Sanctions Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ● Either expressions of approval given to people for upholding norms (rewards or positive  reaction) or expressions of disapproval for violating them (a frown or a fine) ■ CULTURAL TRANSMISSION ● Passing on culture ■ SAPIR­WHORF HYPOTHESIS ● We know the world only in terms of our language  ● We teach kids to value language ■ NON­VERBAL LANGUAGE ● Beware of using gestures ● Middle finger interpreted in different cultures ○ Values ■ Values­ Culturally defined standards of desirability, goodness, and beauty, which serve as broad  guidelines for social living ● MANY inconsistencies ■ Value clusters­ values that together form a larger whole ■ Value Contradictions­ values that contradict one another; to follow the one means to come into  conflict with another ● Cultural Diversity Around the World ○ High culture ■ Cultural patterns found within a society’s elite groups; how we are supposed to live ○ Popular culture ■ Patterns that are widespread; things that are seen across the board ○ Subcultures ■ Groups whose cultural patterns set them apart from a wider society ■ Not AGAINST the society, just seeking to be recognized ● Ex: religious cults, inner­city teens, cowboys, amish, farmers ○ Countercultures ■ Groups whose cultural patterns are the at great odds with wider society ■ Not always bad; just trying to change the larger society ● Ex: KKK, feminist movement, homeschooling, militia groups ● Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism ○ Ethnocentrism­ the use of one’s own culture as a yardstick for judging the ways of other  individuals or societies, generally leading to a negative evaluation of their values, norms, and  behaviors ■ Positives: in­group loyalties ■ Negatives: discrimination ○ Cultural Relativism­ Not judging a culture, just trying to understand it on its own terms ■ Ex: Arizonans embracing Day of the Dead celebration in Phoenix, AZ ● Culture Shock ○ The disorientation that people experience when they come in contact with a fundamentally  different culture and can no longer depend on their taken­for­granted assumptions about life ■ Ex­ a foreigner throwing away a peach because it has mold  Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ● Ideal vs. Real Culture ○ Ideal Culture ■ The way things should be ■ Social patterns mandated by values and norms ● If you go to college, then you will get a good paying job ○ Real Culture ■ The way things ACTUALLY are ■ Social patterns that only approximate cultural expectations ● If you go to college, there is a better chance that you could get a good paying job, but even yet  maybe not ● Cultural Lag vs. Cultural “Leveling” ○ Cultural lag­ William Ogburn’s term for human behavior lagging behind technological  innovations ○ Cultural “leveling”­ the process by which cultures become similar to one another; refers  especially to the process by which Western culture is being exported and diffused into other  nations ● AAA of Culture ○ Acculturation – when there is a lot of contact and one culture becomes “used to” the other ○ Accommodation – when the larger culture allows the smaller culture to retain its own identity ○ Assimilation – when the smaller culture is absorbed into the larger culture losing its own identity ● Pluralistic Society ○ A society made up of many different group Chapter 3 – Socialization   ● Functions of Socialization ○ Self­ one’s sense of identity and awareness of self, awareness of being human ■ a social product ■ We get a ‘bird’s eye view’ of how things really are, and then we don’t just react we think about  what’s happening   ○ Self­concept­ how you view yourself ■ If we act differently or experience different things, this is going to change ● Ex: Girls walking alone at night­ knows what it means to be a woman in society ■ Gives us a value structure leading to self esteem ○ Charles Horton Cooley: looking­glass self ● Socialization­ the process of becoming human ○ Nature (hereditary ­ biological) Ex: M vs. F ○ Nurture (environmental ­ sociological) Ex: Masculinity vs. Femininity  ○ Sociobiology (both biological and sociological) Ex: Girl who is a tomboy ○ 3 agents of socialization: parents, peers, school ● Feral, Isolated and Institutionalized Children Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ Feral children­ children assumed to have been raised by animals, in the wilderness, isolated from humans (OG wild child) ○ Isolated children­ have no natural language, can learn if showed to other culture ○ Institutionalized children­ high intelligence depends on early, close relations with other humans ● Freud’ Psychoanalytic Perspective ○ ID, Ego, & Superego ○ ID­ selfish, Ego and Superego keep ID in check ● The differences between the “I” and “me” ○ “I” (viewer) ■ Unpredictable, spontaneous, self­centered, self­awareness, responsive to the “Me” ■ “I” am the one doing the viewing of “me” as a social creature. ○ “me” (object) ■ Socially derived representation of society, predictability, conformity ■ Past “I’s” ● Moving beyond the self­centered needs of “I” ■ “Me” is the social creature that “I” am viewing ○ EXAMPLE ■ The ME knows the desired path is to go to college. Looks at the status that comes with being a  graduate ■ The I is thinking about other options, is college the best decision for me? Is there better options? ○ Language allows an internal conversation between the “I” and the “me” ■ Stimulus + Response = process of self ● Cognitive development in social learning as outlined by Piaget ○ Sensory Motor Period (0­2) – reflex activity leading to understanding of intentional responses,  object permanence.  ■ Object permanence­ reason why playing peek­a­boo is so funny ○ Preoperational Period (2­7) – verbalization representation moves from egoistic to social,  language, symbols, imagination. ○ Period of Concrete Operations (7­11) – evidence for organized, logical thought, understand time, space. ○ Period of Formal Operations (11+) – concrete logical thought moves into the ability for abstract,  formal logic (as­if / if­then) ● Gender and Emotional Socialization ○ Gender socialization­ learning society’s “gender map,” the paths in life set out for us because we  are male or female ○ Emotional socialization­ the cultural norms that are associated with the how to react to the basic  emotions (facial expressions, gestures, body language) ■ 6 basic emotions: Anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness, and surprise ● Mead’s theory on “language” and “role taking” ○ We engage in Role Taking Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ■ Because we have language and can think, we carry on silent conversations ● We think something to ourselves and respond internally to it ○ We talk to ourselves and answer ourselves ○ Pre­play Stage ■ Child learns to associate certain meanings to certain types of cries ■ Then begin to understand that we are social creatures through interaction ○ Play Stage ■ Increase in mental capacity that facilities learning of language ■ Play one role at time, reflecting that role back on themselves ● Cop OR robber, teacher OR student, mom OR dad ○ Game Stage ■ Good mastery of language with increased thinking ability so multiple roles can be played  simultaneously ● Each role has multiple parts ○ Dad is ‘Dad’ but is also a firefighter ○ Generalized Other Stage ■ “an integrated conception of the norms, values, and beliefs of one’s community or society”  (Shepard 2002:97). ● understanding multiple roles in multiple structures of society and the world ● We finally understand that other people have their views, social roles, we can see through “their  eyes” ● Kohlberg and the Stages of Moral Development ○ Amoral stage­ where there is no right or wrong, just personal needs to satisfy (birth­6) ○ Preconventional stage­ follow rules to stay out of trouble; viewing right and wrong through what  is expected from teachers, parents, friends (7­10) ○ Conventional stage­ following norms and values (10+) ○ Postconventional stage­ individuals reflect on abstract principles of right and wrong and judge  people’s behavior according to these principles ● Socialization through the Life Course ○ Life course­ the stages of our life as we go from birth to death ○ Passing through stages affects behavior and orientations (logic of 7 years old vs. 47) ○ Differs by social location, each location has different norms (class, race/ethnicity, gender) ● Resocialization ○ The process of learning new norms, values, attitudes, and behaviors ● Total Institutions ○ A place that is almost totally controlled by those who run it ○ in which people are cut off from the rest of society and the society is mostly cut off from them Chapters 4 & 5 – Social Structure, Interaction & Groups       ● Components of Social Structure Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ Social structure takes into account elements of society and culture, including social institutions,  formal organizations, and all types of groups in which are found ○ Status, role, group, institution ■ A recognized social position that an individual occupies ■ Status­ any position in a social structure that determines where a person fits in society and how  he or she is expected to act and relate to others ■ Titles and placeholders in society ○ STATUS SET ■ All the statuses held at one time ● Dance partner, Boss, Friend, Harley club member ○ Types of Statuses ■ Ascribed status­ a social position assigned to a person at birth or at a later stage in life ● Usually occupy since birth ● Ex­ Gender, disability, nationality, an accident that happens to you through no effort of your  own ■ Achieved status­ a social position that a person attains through personal effort ● Something you have achieved or was through your own means ● Ex­ parent, employee, student, citizen of a new country ○ Master Status ■ The status that seems to define a person ■ Is usually assumed by others, BUT it is how you define yourself at a given time ■ Master status is your top priority in life and how you view yourself ■ Also, a person’s “MASTER STATUS” can either work in favor, or against a person ● Ex­ persons who are intellectually challenged, biker persona vs. PhD teacher vs. father ○ ROLES ■ Roles­ the behavioral expectations attached to statuses occupied by individuals in a given society ■ Everything typically thought of with the status ■ Expectations of how people are “supposed” to behave ● Ex­ Status of student = roles are study, take exams, party, write papers, trash apartments  ○ Roles demand a person’s time and energy ■ ROLE CONFLICT ● Involves TWO OR MORE STATUSES ○ Ex­ Conflict between role expectations of a police officer who catches her son using drugs at  home­ mother and police officer ○ Ex­ A single mother trying to balance being an employee and a mother ■ ROLE STRAIN ● Involves a SINGLE STATUS ○ Ex­ Manager who tries to balance concern for workers with task requirements­ office manager ○ Ex­ Being a single mom trying to balance 2 kids and getting to their different activities  ● Ethnomethodology ○ A process through which we “break the rules” in order to see how persons build their realities Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ Looking around to see where to line up in a new place  ○ Harold Garfinkel ■ By observing reactions to situations in which people “Break with expected norms,” one can  begin understanding the underlying assumptions and then how “reality is socially constructed” ● Dramaturgical Analysis ○ Examining social interactions in terms of theatrical performances ■ PRESENTATION OF SELF ● Key is impression management or making oneself appear in the best light possible ■ ROLE PERFORMANCE ● State “Regions” ● Use of props ● Scripts ■ EXAMPLE: ● Going to the doctor and playing the sick role as expected ● Groups ○ Primary Groups ■ Charles Horton Cooley introduced the concept of Primary Groups ● Group that consists of intimate, face­to­face interaction and long­ lasting relationships (family  and childhood relationships) ● Other ex: inmates, military soliders, street gangs ● Expressive needs ○ Intimacy with others ○ Companionship ○ Emotional support ○ Secondary Group ■ Larger in membership ■ Less intimate ■ Less long lasting ■ Less significant in your emotional lives ● School friends, company workers, people who live in your town ■ Provide instrumental needs (task­oriented) ● Athletic team = fun and entertainment  ● Political groups = beliefs and how to influence country ● Corporations = income and status ○ Reference Groups ■ Primary and secondary groups require ‘membership,’  ■ Groups that you may/ not belong to but use standards for values, attitudes, behaviors ■ Essentially groups that are role models ● Sports stars, actors, singers ○ Groupthink ■ Tendency for group members to reach a consensus opinion, even if that decision is stupid ■ I.L. Janis looked at gov policies and decisions ● 2003 and Iraq Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ In groups vs out groups ■ In group­ social group which a person psychologically identifies as a member ■ Out group­ social groups to which individual doesn’t identity ● The Social Construction of Reality ○ The use of background assumptions and life experiences to define what is real ● Social Interaction­  the degree to which people are tied to their social groups ● Attribution Theory ○ How we make conclusion about others personalities ■ Person’s perceptions are distorted when based on whether that person is an ingroup member or  out­group member ■ We assess a person’s behavior, we have to determine if it is what we observe or what we  perceive based on our own biases ○ Attitudes about behavior can be impacted by the in group and out group ■ Business setting: ● Men­ aggressive is good ● Women­ aggressive is frowned upon ○ Attribution errors ■ Errors made in attributing causes for people’s behaviors based on membership in a particular  group ■ Tend to see people in our ingroup positively and people in our outgroup negatively ● Men saying all women are bad drivers ● Hispanic person assuming all white people are prejudiced ● Mechanical and Organic Solidarity ○ Mechanical solidarity­ Durkheim’s term for the unity (a shared consciousness) that people feel as a result of performing the same or similar tasks ○ Organic solidarity­ Durkheim’s term for the interdependence that results from the division of  labor; as part of the same unit, we all depend on others to fulfill their jobs ● Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft ○ Ferdinand Tonnies analyzing the fundamental shift in relationships ■ Gemeinschaft­ intimate community (village life/ small town) ■ Gesellschaft­ impersonal association (big city/ self­interest) ● Social network­  a set of links between individuals, between groups, or between social units ● Self­Fulfilling Stereotypes and the “Hidden” Corporate Culture ○ Self­fulfilling stereotypes­ preconceived ideas of what someone is like that lead to the person’s  behaving in ways that match the stereotype ○ Hidden corporate culture­ stereotypes of the traits that make for high­performing and  underperforming workers ● Organizations ○ A large secondary group, highly organized to accomplish a complex task or achieve goals  efficiently ■ Corporations, the government Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ Organizational culture are the norms and values that shape the behavior of people in the  organization ■ Dress code  ■ Sandusky, football player raping children, “can’t talk about it at Penn State” ○ Types: ■ normative ­ service, voluntary; people join these to pursue goals that they consider worthwhile ● No money, but feel personal satisfaction or status ● Achiever a certain purpose or meet a need ○ Ex­ Rotary club, NAACP ■ Coercive­ organizations are characterized by membership that is largely involuntary ● Prison, mental hospitals ● Erving Goffman = total institution ○ Individuals are cut off from rest of society ■ Utilitarian organizations­ companies ● What is a Bureaucracy? ○ As organizations grow, develop a bureaucracy (Max Webber) ■ Higher degree of division of labor and specialization ■ Hierarchy of authority ■ Rules and regulations ■ Impersonal relationships ■ Career ladders ■ Efficiency  ○ Problems? ■ Ritualism­ rigid adherence to the rules, even if following the rules can cause danger to  employees or others ■ Alienation­ when employees have little control over what they do or if they are treated like  machines ● Employees are isolated from one another, eliminating any chance of developing group cohesion Chapter 6 – Deviance, Crime & Social Control    ● Social control, including; Informal social control (Informal sanctions) & Formal ○ Social control­ a group’s formal and informal means of enforcing its norms ○ Informal social control/sanctions ○ Control theory­ the idea that 2 control systems­inner controls and outer controls­ work against  our tendencies to deviate ● What are norms? Folkways, mores and taboos?  ○ William Summers ■ Folkways ● Refers to simple everyday norms based on customs, traditions, or etiquette Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ Please, thank you, standing in line and not cutting ■ Mores ● Norms based on broad social morals whose infraction would generate more serious social  condemnation ○ Just adding in mortality, with only social implications ■ Laws ● The strongest social norms supported by codified social sanctions ○ Punishable acts: prison, house arres  ● Deviance is Functional for Society? ○ Deviance Contributes to social order by: ■ Deviance clarifies moral boundaries and affirms norms ■ Deviance encourages social unity ■ Deviance promotes social change ● Conformity and Obedience  ○ Conformity­ going along with peers who have no special right to direct our behavior ■ Going along with others, who have no special rights to control our behavior ■ Going along with the status quo ■ Informal sanctions­ teaches us what to do in a social environment to avoid adversity, but there is  no real punishments ○ Obedience­ compliance with higher authorities in an hierarchical structure ■ Interactions with cops, even when they are just following us for no reason ■ Formal sanctions­ real implications by others (tickets, fines)  ● Deviance ­ violation of widely accepted social norms ○ EXISTS IN EVERY SOCIETY, BUT WHAT IS DEVIANT IS DIFFERENT ●   Robert Merton  ’s Strain theory ○ When a society socializes large numbers of people to desire a cultural goal, (success) BUT  withholds from some the approved means of getting the goal ○ One adaptation is crime, the choice of an innovative means to attain the cultural goal ■ Kinds of deviant paths: ● Innovators­ people who accept the goals of society but  use illegitimate means to reach them ● Ritualism­ rigorously following rules and eventually becoming discouraged ● Retreatism­ rejecting both the cultural goals and the institutionalized means of achieving them ● Rebellion­ convinced society is corrupt, reject society’s goals, but instead seek to give society  new goals ● The Medicalization of Deviance ○ To make deviance a medical matter, a symptom of some underlying illness that needs to be  treated by physicians ○ Medicalization­ the transformation of a human condition into a matter to be treated by physicians ● Sutherland’s differential association theory Abbey Schroeder­ Exam 1­ Sociology 101 ○ Edwin Sutherland’s term to indicate that people who associate with some groups learn an  “excess of definitions” of deviance, increasing the likelihood that they will become deviant ● Labeling theory­  the view that the labels people are given affect their own and others’  perceptions of them, thus channeling their behavior into either deviance or conformity ● Families of Criminal Law ○ Common law­ law develop gradually over time through the accumulation of many cases ○ Civil law­ is written by a ruling body and imposed upon society ○ Religious law­ source of law is believed to be divine rather than custom or human ● Crime Index ○ Professional crimes­ hit man “hollywood” murder ○ Personal crimes­ homicide, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault ○ Property crimes­ burglary, larceny­theft, auto theft, arson (89% of crimes) ○ Organized crime­ (mafia) large­scale, highly structured associations or syndicates that use  corruption and violence in order to maximize profits ● The overview of the Criminal Justice System ­  The system of police, courts, and prisons  set up to deal with people who are accused of having committed a crime


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