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The Sociological Perspective: Week 2 Notes

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The Sociological Perspective: Week 2 Notes SOC 100

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Social forces, types of suicide, characteristics of sociology, sociological imagination & social structures.
Principles of Sociology
Fang Gong
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Date Created: 01/23/16
The Sociological Perspective Which groups of people have higher suicide rates? -unmarried -men -elderly -Indiana (more than CA). Textbook p.187-192 (more info about suicide) 1 sociologist: Emile Durkheim French; 1857-1917 Studied suicide rates in 1890s by looking at social causes His normative theory showed why people commit suicide (because of social forces like social regulation & integration) Suicide is not an individual-based problem Social integration: how well one is integrated into social group or community; social interaction Social regulation: number of rules guiding one’s daily life; social norms Types of Suicide Altruistic: occurs as result of too much social integration Examples: Japanese ritual suicide; Kamakaze pilots during WWII; mass suicide in cults (Jonestown) Egoistic: occurs as result of not enough social integration Examples: unmarried, men & elderly Anomic: occurs as result of too little social regulation Example: after stock market crash in 1929 Fatalistic: occurs as result of too much social regulation Examples: prisoners, slaves & North Koreans How do different social groups vary in suicide rates? Christmas? Rockstar vs. average person? During economic repression? Religious countries vs. non-religious ones? (answer: different social situations affect suicide rates) Sociology: study of human society Auguste Comte was French thinker; coined term “sociology” in 1838 Characteristics of Sociology -study of individuals as members of a group/groups -systematic vs. random (group vs. individual) -study of individual outcomes as consequences of greater social forces -micro-level interactions Sociological imagination: ability of people to see individual behavior in larger context Sociologists have ability to connect most basic intimate aspects of individual’s life to seemingly impersonal & remote historical forces (connection between personal issues & social forces) C. Wright Mills; coined term “sociological imagination” 1916-1962; American Why do some people get good jobs? (sociological reasons) -social connections -class -education -race -gender Why do some students have high GPAs? Why do some people become pianists? Why do some people become serial killers? Is there a gender gap in earnings? In sleep disruption? Is there a relationship between height of male & marriage? What Do Sociologists Study? Social structure: stable patterns of social relations Levels of Social Structure Microstructure: pattern of intimate social relations Examples: family members, friends, couples, lovers & coworkers Macrostructure: pattern of social relations outside your circle of intimates & acquaintances Examples: different races, social classes & genders Global structure: international organizations, worldwide travel & communication; economic relations between countries Examples: international organizations, cross-national comparisons


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