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Week 2/14-2/19 Notes

by: Nicolas Jarrell

Week 2/14-2/19 Notes 1101

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Introductory Sociology
Professor Vincent Roscigno
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Nicolas Jarrell on Thursday February 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 1101 at Ohio State University taught by Professor Vincent Roscigno in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 62 views. For similar materials see Introductory Sociology in Sociology at Ohio State University.


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Date Created: 02/11/16
Sociology 2/15 Social Stratification -Structured inequality between groups -depends on the history and culture of a society -class based -ethnic based -gender based -age based -sexuality based -religion based -economically based -3 Key Aspects -Class, Status, and Power- Max Weber Attributes -It is a trait of society (may be opened, closed, ect.) -movement relative to class position i.e. downward of upward -Intergenerational Mobility studies the ability of generations in a family to move upward or backwards in regards to their social status -Often hard to change as these status’ are embedded within institutions -Belief systems in a society usually try to justify it -justifies social class inequality -Meritocracy- it doesn’t matter where you’re born, all that matters is how hard you work Why Focus on it Sociologicaly? -It shapes all our lives in fundamental ways, our choices and decisions, our options, and crises and conflicts -It can motivate or demoralize people depending on the openness of the system -It can have devastating consequences for human lives -It may drive social change -Grievances usually occur to incite this change Social Class -The objective method for empirically capturing Social Class: -Class as a statistical category can be based on one’s: -neighborhood -Parents -Education Level -Wealth -Belief System See figure 7.2 and 7.4 in book Both figures talk about the true inequality that exists within our current society Is Social Class Meaningful? Life Changes- tangible ways -Daily Life- consumption, work, routines, leisure -Identity and Asperations -Social Connections and Interaction- people in different classes -Unlike fairy tales, opposites don’t usually attract -Exclusion and Boundaries- created between groups - “Bad neighborhoods” vs. “Good Neighborhoods” 2/17 We watched the video, “People Like US,” Think About: -Social Divisions/ Tensions -explosive potential over food -How identities are formed/ shaped by class -Cross Cutting Statuses (Gender/ Race) -Class Mobility/ Tensions- strangers in strange worlds -Everyone -Navigating class levels in America in near impossible


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