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Week 1 Intro to Sociology SOCI 111

by: Samantha Fore

Week 1 Intro to Sociology SOCI 111 SOCI 111

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These notes cover week 1 (chapter 1) of an introductory course to sociology.
Introductory Sociology
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SOCI 111, SOCI 101, Intro to sociology, sociology, Introduction to Sociology
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Date Created: 12/28/15
Chapter 1­ Introduction to Sociology  Paradox­ successful sociologist make the familiar strange  Sociology­ study of human society  Sociological imagination­ coined by C. Wright Mills; connect our personal experiences to society at large and historical forces; make the “familiar strange”  Social Institutions­ networks of structures in society that work to socialize the groups of  people within them; examples: legal system, labor market, military, family  Social identity­ the way people define themselves in relation to groups they are a part of  or not a part of  Auguste Comte­ society is better understood by determining the logic or scientific laws  governing human behavior, called social physics/positivism  Harriet Martineau­ first to translate Comte’s works to English; 1 of the first earliest  feminist social scientists  Karl Marx­ theory of historical materialism, which identifies class conflict as primary  cause of social change  Max Weber­ emphasis on subjectivity; became a foundation of interpretive sociology  Emile Durkheim­ founder of positivist sociology; developed the theory that division of  labor helps to determine how social cohesion is maintained, or not, in society.  Georg Simmel­ formal sociology, a sociology of pure numbers  Modern Sociology Theories: functionalism, conflict theory, feminist theory, symbolic  interactionism, postmodernism, and midrange theory  Early American Sociology became prominent at University of Chicago.  Chicago thinkers: Charles Horton Cooley, George Herbert Mead, W.I. Thomas, W.E.B  DuBois, Jane Addams  Chicago School focused on empirical research, the belief that people’s behaviors and  personalities are shaped environmentally and socially.  Sociology focuses on making comparisons across cases to find patterns and create  hypotheses about how societies work now or how they use to work  History and anthropology­ tend to focus more on particular circumstances  Psychology and biology­ examine things on a more micro level  Political science­ focuses on one aspect of social relations; that is power  Microsociology­ local interactional contexts; face­to­face encounters; gathering data  through participant observations and interviews  Macrosociology­ looks at social dynamics across entire societies or huge parts of them  and relies on statistical analysis  Interpretive sociology­ focuses on meaning that people attach to social phenomena,  prioritizing situations over a search for social facts that transcend time and place  Positive sociology­ normal science; tries to reveal the social facts that affect social life by developing and testing hypotheses based on theories


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