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This is the book notes for pages 2-4 . In case you forgot to do the reading or you missed class and fell behind due to all your other work. These are very detailed notes over the following pages. P...
Introduction to Sociology
Richard Caston
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by rayparkerjr on Thursday August 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 2110 at 1 MDSS-SGSLM-Langley AFB Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months taught by Richard Caston in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 109 views. For similar materials see Introduction to Sociology in Sociology 101 at 1 MDSS-SGSLM-Langley AFB Advanced Education in General Dentistry 12 Months.


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Date Created: 08/25/16
Chapter 1 The Sociology Perspective- Book Notes Pages 2-4 Assigned Reading Sociology as A Point of View  Sociology is the scientific study of human society and social interactions.  Main goal of sociologist is to understand social situations and look for repeating patterns. o They engage in a scientific behavior to do so. Sociologist must gather information through a scientific fashion or otherwise info might not be accurate.  Main focus of sociologist is the group, not the individual. o Attempt to understand forces that operate throughout society— that’s molds individuals, shape their behavior, and determines social events. Over years we gain experience by being a society member. But this view is considered personalized approach and is not enough accurate info to understand the broader social picture.  Ex) (Figure 1 txtbook) Getting your laptop stolen Knowing three other people who got theirs stolen as wellIs an personalized approach.  You and your friends believe crime is increasingSo you check the bureau of Justice Statistics and find that crimes is actually decreasing Is an Sociological Approach by moving beyond the level of personalized info.  Sociologist examining the issues of thefts will be interested in the age, socioeconomic level, and ethnic characteristics of the victims of thefts. Sociologist will compare these characteristics and ask if theirs differences and why? The Sociology Imagination  We select our soul mates based of social values we get frm family, peers, neighbors, community leaders and so on... We are less likely to marry someone from different race, religion, economic class and such.  Most cases men are older make more money and have an higher occupational status by the women.  Sociologist notes, that marriage rates vary in diff parts of country, avg age of marriage is related to educational level and martial stability is related to social class.  C Wright Mills 1959 described different levels on which social events can be perceived and intercepted. o He used the terms Social Imagination to refer to the relationship btwn individual experiences and forces in the larger society that shapes our actions.  Its focused on every aspect of society and every relationship among the individuals. Every detail of social existence if food for sociological thought and relevant to sociological analysis.


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