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2/15/16-2/17/16: The importance of social structure

by: Kellsie Zacholl

2/15/16-2/17/16: The importance of social structure SOC 100

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Kellsie Zacholl
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These are the class notes from 2/15/16 and 2/17/16
Introductory Sociology
Evelyn A Benavides (P)
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Date Created: 02/17/16
What makes a society? The importance of social structure I. The Macro­sociological perspective: Social Structure: that framework of social  relationships A. The significance of social structure 1. it is what gives us direction, sets the limit of your behavior, you  cannot escape it, and most of the time you are unaware of it. 2. set up when you are born; and gonna be there when you die 3. people and attitudes: we are virtually the same. it has to do with  your position in social structure. Why do we believe and behave  differently? 4. Social interaction:  B. The Components of social structure 1. Status and roles:  1. Status: where you are in society. your position within social  structure. If you have status we assume you have money.  Sociologist believe everyone has status. 1. Wife, daughter, teacher, sister, girlfriend, student ect. 2. Some roles can go together, and some cannot go  together 1. Professor+Daughter, Sister+professor 1. They can be these at the same time  because they do not conflict with each  other. 2. Professor+student (Do not go together) 1. Students can wear what they want as  long as they have clothes on, professors want to look professional. (Role conflict) ii. Some statuses we choose and some we do not iii. Ascribed status­ mother, daughter, race, disabilities iv. Achieved statuses­ doctorate, marriage, being a  mother, career, hobbies v. Master status: where our identity comes from; things  that takes up most of your time 1. Ex: professor, mother, student b. Role: the expected behavior that goes along with a status i. Teacher: have to come to class; on time, have to be  prepared to talk about the information,  mentor(someone to guide you),  ii. What do you do if a role conflicts? you have to choose one or the other.  b. groups a. Make up with one or more individuals for a common purpose b. majority of your life will be spent in groups i. family, friends, class b. Social institutions a. the formal way society meets its needs.Organized large  groups that are doing something for society. i. ex: Education, religion, work, economy, media,  healthcare, family B. How does social structure hold together? a. Social cohesion: Durkheim:Similar tasks and behaviors; societies  before modernization were mostly built in small towns. They all  believed the same thing, they all had the same values, and they  had all the same jobs a. people are behaving, believing in the same thing b. First thing asked in a small town: Where are you from and  what church are you from? c. Mechanical solidarity: People are bonding because they  are similar d. Organic solidarity: Dependant on each other.  i. Big cities ii. we depend on others to grow our food. We rely on the farmers who provide the food. II. The Micro­Sociological Perspective: Social interaction in Everyday life A. Symbolic Interaction a. Going to be interesting in how we use symbols and background  meaning to dictate how we behave b. we like attractive people, we think they are better, we treat them  better c. Hollywood uses attractive people because we will respond better to the movie/product being represented. d. Case Study #1­Gender 1.   Gender and Personal Performance:   ­Demeanor: General Conduct or Deportment   ­Use of Space   ­Staring, Smiling, and Touching 2.   Gender and Language   ­Language and Power   ­Language and Value   ­Language and Attention B. Dramaturgy: The Presentation of Self a. Gothman; he went to 100s of places and just watched people to  better understand how people interact with people b. Everybody knows what their part is and what to expect from  everyone else. c. Social interaction can go wrong. Something unexpected can  happen. d. Social structure is just a set of plays where you have different parts  (statuses). You have roles (Your script) ultimately it is all about  performance (Doing your part) then there is backstage performance (When you are alone or with close friends and you just let yourself  out). C. Ethnomethodology: Uncovering Background assumptions a. A school of sociologist that were headed by garfinkle b. You have to uncover the background to the performance. Only way  to do that is break the rules. c. Sent students to the grocery line. Grab 5 items and started haggling the prices. The people in line were more upset than the grocery  clerk because in line you are supposed to finish as fast as you can. d. What is reality? Reality could be subjective. D. The Social Construction of Reality a. Spin Game (Choosing our words Carefully) a. Ex. Military language and their actual meanings i. Incontinent Ordnance: Bombs or shells that miss their targets and hits civilians ii. Area Denial Weapons: Cluster bombs that kill and  destroy anything within a particular area iii. Coercive Potential: The capacity of bombs and shells  to kill and injure the enemy iv. Suppressing assets: Reducing the enemy’s ability to  fight by killing people and destroying equipment v. Ballistically Induced Aperture: Bullet hole b. Thomas Theorem a. Reality becomes real in its effects. When there are  consequences that is when it becomes social structure. b. If reality is just perception then nothing will ever happen.


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