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Soc 1300 Patricia Dorsey Week 1 Chapater 1 Notes

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Soc 1300 Patricia Dorsey Week 1 Chapater 1 Notes SOC 1300 - DORSEY

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Notes from both the book and the lectures of Patrica Dorsey in Soc 1300 FA2016 section 13887
SOC 1300
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Yellow highlight – class title and week notes information Blue highlight – titles and subheadings Green highlight – definitions or important terms/information Introduction to Sociology (SOC 13887) FA 2016: Patricia Dorsey WEEK 1 NOTES  Chapter 1: The Sociological Imagination (Notes from Book and Lecture) Overview  Who are we? Not just in an individual aspect, who are we in relevance to our time and place in the universe? o Neighborhoods o Jobs o Schools  We are social individuals connected to other individuals in different ways  We are products of not only our environment but also our past experiences and relationships with people  In 2004 Facebook was created with the purpose of connecting Harvard students with one another. o Although not sociology majors, the creators of Facebook opened up doors to the development of the basic sociological ideas.  The idea of Facebook linked gaps between people or organizations. Showed how they work.  Human beings are not just people with only a few friends or family members who randomly bump into strangers on the daily basis.  We are all inevitably apart of social networking charts in which we know people who know people that we do not know yet we all share common interest, beliefs, or likes.  Hidden in our individual biology are stories about society and our experiences along with how we perceive life in our society.  Sociology can be defined as but not limited to the following o The study of society and the places people inhabit within them and the challenges they face when trying to uncover and analyze patterns within social worlds of individual lives o The study of the diverse contexts within which society influences individuals o The study of societies and the social worlds  How has technology changed former content of friendships, online dating vs. intimate relationships, hiring process or organization in the work place.  Sociologist look at how event occurrence in one society is influenced or can have influence on the outside and surrounding worlds. How Can a Sociological Imagination Help You Better Your World? Yellow highlight – class title and week notes information Blue highlight – titles and subheadings Green highlight – definitions or important terms/information  Sociology helps individuals put together the puzzle pieces of how everyone’s life unfolds into one big picture.  Sociology is about human activity  Human activity as in the things people do with, to, and for one another  Social influences persuade the actions of others  Social contexts and social norms are key in society o Growing up what are we told or influenced by?  Systematic study: research methods, patterns of behaviors, focus groups, observational studies, and social institutions.  Social interactions on the daily basis are examples of how we incorporate sociology in our daily lives  C. Wright Mills – coined the term sociological imaginations and meant for it to mean “the enabling of humans to grasp history and biography while understanding relations between the two…”  The concept is a way of connecting your individual biography to both social structure and social structure history  Way of linking our personal lives to the social and historical content that we do such in  Sociological imagination is often seen as an excuse -> meaning “I didn’t do so well because society made me or didn’t allow me to”  In reality there’s a difference in explaining something and excusing something  It is important to balance both explaining and excusing within society  Sociological Imagination – the capacity to think systematically about how things we experience as personal problems are really social issues that are widely shared  Where you live effects how you live just as much as the people you are involved with Looking Through a Sociological Lens  The human mind wants to make sense of the world around us and the differences within it  Allows the mind to have diverse thoughts about many subjects  Stereotype – beliefs of a group that is typically false or more so exaggerated that are the undermining assumptions made by members of other groups  Discrimination – any behavior, act, or policy that harms, excludes, or disadvantages individuals based on their group membership Engaging our Social Imagination: Learning to ask Good Questions  Making educated guesses about people we see in public places  When we people watch in these circumstances we are unintentionally engaging our sociological imagination  Uses information we know about our society to make the educated guesses Yellow highlight – class title and week notes information Blue highlight – titles and subheadings Green highlight – definitions or important terms/information  A well-developed sociological imagination is rich in content and open mindedness From Personal Puzzles to Sociological Questions  Questions can range from what is right in front of us to the whole society  Social Theories – overarching framework that suggest certain assumptions and assertions  Asking hard questions are useful yet simple repetitive questions are useless  Subject specific skills and/or questions are key to success  The Endless Reach of the Sociological Imagination    Immanuel Wallerstein – created an influence of research to map the development of a world economy Why do Social Contexts Matter?  Troubles we encounter due to our sociological placement in society  Society points the finger  Challenges impulses to see life as inevitable  Our social world guides our actions and life choices in much the same way that seasons influence our clothing and activities  Arum and Rosko – study on college students  Emile Durkheim & the Suicide study – if certain groups have higher rates than others there must be a social issue  You cannot understand the individual in isolation without understanding their role/position in social context  Family is very influential with an individual  Context doesn’t just exist separate from one another but they can feed off of on another  Distinctions between these contexts can be seen when comparing society o Girls and boys vs. women and men  Social Context: From Individuals to Society    There are a multitude of factors that influence life: o Immediate family o Income/wealth o Quality of school attended o Organizations joined o Access to networking  Family is important by human nature  Family is essential because they ultimately set up the lives of the individual whether it be the school, wealth, rules, discipline, neighborhoods, etc.  Doors to specific opportunities that may or may not open for us down the road based on what social groups we join  A Social Perspecti   Yellow highlight – class title and week notes information Blue highlight – titles and subheadings Green highlight – definitions or important terms/information  Where and when you grew up shapes your life and experiences along with opportunities you’ll receive.  Social Interactions – the way people act together and how they modify behavior based on an individual o Ex: following social norms or knowing what is okay and what isn’t in the presence of some people.  The important part of social interaction becomes the clearest when we violate rules of acceptable behavior  We censor ourselves because of our concern for the social consequences of our actions  Knowing what the norms of the situation you’re in to avoid embarrassment is key  Social Structure – the flip side of social interaction refers to the external forces Where did Sociology Come from, and How is it Different from the Other Social Sciences  Developed in the 19 century as societies were becoming more industrialized and individuals were moving from rural to urban areas  New environments created a new set of social problems and context  Sociology is an imperial social science  We try to understand the world by going out and observing it  Sociology is at the center of all social sciences o Criminology o African American studies o Hispanic studies o Etc.  Sociology, along with other social sciences, begin to develop when growing numbers of people begin to turn from abstract ideas to debates  Sociology originally meant the study social statics and social dynamics  However, as sociology began to evolve these two ideas branched off into many ideas and theories as we know sociology and society today.  What makes a set of new ideas take off is the changes in society that enables the social changes influenced by industrialization are immense.  Collective action also become popular as individuals more together in society  How to tell sociology from other social sciences: o Concepts & theories cover a wider range of topics o Explanations of how external world shapes behaviors of individuals and social outcomes are broader  Units of analysis – pieces of a topic that a researcher bites off when he or she studies it  These are important not only because they affect what aspects of the topics we can see; they also shape the explanations sociologist provide  Most individuals are embedded in families which means they are embedded in communities meaning they are embedded in cultural, economic, and political environments Yellow highlight – class title and week notes information Blue highlight – titles and subheadings Green highlight – definitions or important terms/information  Interdependency research – an increasingly central part of leaving about any topic in social sciences  Sociology doesn’t have all the answers to social sciences  Sociology “mothered” the development of new areas


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