Intro to Sociology, Week 1 Notes
Intro to Sociology, Week 1 Notes SOC1001
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Intro to Sociology Notes Symbolic Interactionism Creation and interpretation of symbols Humans unable to interact in meaningful ways without using symbols Humans attach meaning to things, places, situations, movements, positions, and more Symbols allow us to interpret-more or less accurately- the thoughts, feelings, and intentions of those with whom we interact We could not interact without symbols We could not have a society without symbols Most likely, we are unable to think without symbols Most likely, we are unable to survive without being able to interpret symbols We would not be able to define reality without symbols We would not know how to respond to a given situation without symbols Symbolic Interactionism 2 Symbolic interactionists are interested in how reality is instructed- using symbolic messages o A door slammed loudly- “I’m not angry” When we interact with another person, most of what we hear and say is nonverbal Structural- Functional View Most effect at macro level o Societies have millions of parts- structures o Each of these parts has one or more FUNCTIONS o Each part is related to every other part, directly or indirectly- A SYSTEM o These interrelated parts form a system that tends toward EQUILIBRIUM o Parts that create friction and tension or are not working smoothly to maintain the system are viewed as DYSFUNCTIONAL o Intended functions: MANIFEST FUNCTIONS o Unintended functions: LATENT FUNCTIONS o Equilibriums, harmony, consensus! o Analogy- Society is like an ORGANISM Examples: o Religion-universal- serves many functions: Emotional support Sense of belonging A source of social control A source of social change (Black Church) Answers for unanswerable questions Provide a “new birth” … a start over… a second chance o Education- serves many functions Transmit knowledge and skills Facilitates personal growth Integrates diverse populations Sorts young people Addresses social problems Creates new knowledge Keeps children occupied
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