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Sociology Week 1 Notes

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Sociology Week 1 Notes TSOC 165

Shelby Notetaker
University of Washington Tacoma
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These notes revolve around questions on "The Sociological Imagination" by C. Wright Mills (1959).
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Shelby Notetaker on Monday April 11, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TSOC 165 at University of Washington Tacoma taught by Emily Ignacio in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see Intro Sociology in Sociology at University of Washington Tacoma.


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Date Created: 04/11/16
1. Why was it the norm to use masculine terminology to describe humankind? - Norms created by humans - Largely b/c gender norms - What came first? Inequality or language? - British English already used masc. terms - Can stem from one group already being more dominant o Maybe focus on selves more - Most in academic work in this period were men - Taught to use masc. terms - Also saves space to use “man” instead of “humankind” 2. How does world history affect individuals?  War impacts countries where it’s being fought but how about elsewhere? 3. Is S.I. learned or does it come naturally? - None of what we know comes naturally - Daily routines -> had to be learned - Kids -> learn everything o Whether you realize it or not o May feel natural but it’s taught - Except instinctive things (physiological, etc.) 4. Is knowing our position in society as in the forefront now as it was in the 1950s? - Mills was concerned people weren’t thinking about their position in society -> why he wrote it - What’s happening in the world o Korea, Cuba, China, Vietnam, etc. - Capitalism had taken root in U.S. but not everywhere else -> fear of communism - Women work while men at war o Family structure changes - Men back and can’t find jobs o Blame selves (failures as fathers, men in general, etc. b/c gender roles) - “Feeling trapped” -> need to develop S.I. b/c of this o May not be you, but a public issue not just a personal trouble 5. How did society become so individualistic w/ relation to how problems are perceived? - Value of personal responsibility of our own choices - Socialized to take on successes & failures - Blame selves -> checklist of what they might have done wrong - Success not necessarily defined by that individual but by other people - Taught to strive for something defined for us - Don’t question why you strive for it -> just do it - First perceive problem as “What did I do wrong?” - May be doing right thing but there are constraints - Not trained to think about structures & limits - Value system & structure - Enlightenment period & John Locke


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