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SOCI 101 2nd week of lecture notes

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SOCI 101 2nd week of lecture notes SOCI 101

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These notes covered what the professor discussed in 2-3 lectures during the 2 and 3rd week of class.
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Date Created: 01/28/16
SOCI 101 Lecture 2 Notes▯ ▯ Early Sociologist▯ 1. Auguste Comte▯ 2. Harriet Martineau ▯ 3. Herbert Spencer - Social Darwinism▯ August Comte▯ Comte coined the term sociology ▯ • • Believed in rationality, reason, utopian, hope▯ • Believed poverty, suicide and crime would one day be eliminated▯ Harriet Martineau▯ • did some sociological work on americans culture▯ Herbert Spencer▯ • Embraced the idea on Social Darwinism: Survival of the fittest▯ • Believed that in any society there is structural movement that the best will rise to top and the worst will remain at the bottom▯ • The wealthy people liked him because he justified their position in society and they did not need to feel guilty▯ • Andrew Carnage loved him, he was born extremely poor and wanted to proved resources for the poor so they could rise to the top like he did.▯ ▯ 3 Founding Fathers▯ 1. Marx (mid 1800s) - Conflict theory▯ 2. Durkheim (late 1800s - early 1900s) - Structural Functionalism ▯ 3. Weber (late 1800s - early 1900s)▯ ▯ Marx▯ • Was extremely poor and wanted to create a perfect society▯ • He rejected social darwinism▯ • Modern Notion: History is Progress▯ • Conflict Theory: There will always be conflict between the rich and the poor▯ The wealthy want to maintain their wealth at all cost▯ • • The poor want some of the wealth▯ • Haves VS Have Nots▯ • He sees all of social world for haves to control their economic advantage▯ • Created first sociology textbook▯ • Saw himself as an anthropologist ▯ ▯ Durkheim▯ • Saw himself as a political scientist ▯ • He was interested in why people committed suicide▯ • Social Solidarity: How much stability and connection people feel to each other (support) ▯ • Found that in societies where there is greater social solidarity the suicide rates are decreased▯ He wondered that as the world becomes more complicated how do we find shared meaning • and understanding?▯ ▯ Weber▯ • Most important sociologist▯ • He is German▯ • His work is a dialogue with Marx▯ In his dialogue with Marx he brings up Power▯ • • Marx says that all power comes from money▯ • Weber says that there are 3 components of power:▯ • Class: Money▯ • Status: Social Esteem▯ • Party: Political▯ • He disagreed with marx on a lot of things▯ Value Free Sociology: understanding the world for what it is and not what you want it to be▯ • • Wrote “Protestant Ethic and Spirit of Capitalism”▯ • Believed that religion influences a societies structure ▯ • Made a huge emphasis on the Individual▯ • Believed that in order for capitalism to occur protestantism is necessary▯ ▯ How do you achieve stability and balance?▯ • Marx says there is inherent conflict in society ▯ • Stability is not necessarily a good thing▯ • Status qo is not a good thing▯ • Conflict is good because the resolution over time will be utopia▯ • He wants stability over time▯ • Durkheim says stability is good▯ He wants to know how to create more ▯ • • He wants stability now▯ • Wondered what social structures created stability?▯ • Why is nuclear family most dominant?▯ • We need family to be mobile to move whenever jobs come▯ • In post war 2 husband could earn enough to take care of the whole family▯ • The social structures that we have in society are the way they are because they are the most functional and best for stability▯


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