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SOC 2010 Chapter 1 Notes

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SOC 2010 Chapter 1 Notes Soc 2010

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Chapter 1 Lecture and Reading Notes
Introduction to sociology
Mary Barr
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Date Created: 01/27/16
Chapter 1 Notes  Sociology is the scientific study of society  How is society defined?  Social Stratification  Social Institutions  Culture  Social Stratification  Members are categorized into different groups  Race, class, gender, sexuality  Not all groups are valued equally  Groups viewed as “better” will have more access to rewards and resources, and groups viewed as “worse” will have less access to the same things  Social Institutions  Relatively stable and widely accepted groups, statuses, values, norms that develop because of a basic need from society  Institutions are “understood” as permanent  Not actually permanent, just seen that way by members of society because they are so widely accepted  Culture  Characteristics of a group of people that come together to create a way of life  Material (tangible) and symbolic (ideas)  Create links between individuals and society  Agency= willpower  Sociological Imagination  Charles Wright Mills from Columbia University  Wrote “The Sociological Imagination” in 1959  Theoretical tool to understand social context  Relationship between individuals and larger social forces  Distinguishing Personal Problems from Public  Large numbers (stats, data, trends)  If it’s not a problem in other societies  Microsociology focuses on interactions between individuals and then makes generalizations about society based on what is observed  Macrosociology looks at society as a whole to see how individuals are affected by the overall society  Theories are abstract propositions that attempt to explain the social world and make predictions about the future  Auguste Comte (1798-1857)  Positivism: laws are social rules, backed by authority or logical thought processes; people gain knowledge through their senses  Sense perceptions are the only valid source of knowledge  Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) was responsible for establishing sociology in America and Britain  Social Darwinism: applying Charles Darwin’s theories about natural selection and survival of the fittest to people within society  Structural Functionalism: assumes that society is a unified whole that is able to function because of contributions made by its separate structures within  Mechanical Solidarity: Emile Durkheim; shared traditions and beliefs create a sense of social cohesion and togetherness  False Consciousness: denial of the truth  Pragmatism assumes that humans and other organisms adapt to the environment they’re placed in  Dramaturgy: ways people strategically present themselves to others in order to make a certain impression  Modernism: people trust in science and technology  Postmodernism: the world is in a constantly changing state; the world isn’t all black and white, there are more in-betweens  Deconstruction involves looking at individual parts of a theory in order to analyze the theory as a whole  Eurocentric: considering Europeans and Europe as the center of culture and history  Often overlooks minorities, can even suppress them


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