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Soc 101: Week 2 Notes

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This week we were introduced to various theories, as well as the term culture.
Introductory Sociology I
Dr. Miguel Centellas
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sociology, Theory, scientific method, karl marx, emile durkheim, dubois, Culture, values, Norms
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Chapter 2 What is a theory?  A theory is a set of related ideas that have applications. o Think about the theory of gravity. What is gravity? It is the force that holds us  down because we have mass. In other words, an object that has mass has an  attractive force. Therefore, the bigger the mass the stronger the force. o This theory emphasizes the relationship between two or more concepts. Scientific Method – the closest thing to instinct that we have  Infants explore things – their curiosity drives them. What do they do? 1. Ask a question 2. Research 3. Hypothesis 4. Choose method (observation, survey, experiment, etc.) 5. Collect data 6. Analyze  They put things in their mouths to determine if it is food. They have asked a question and perform an experiment to test their hypothesis that the block they are holding is food.   They use their 5 senses to explore their surroundings. They look at the block, feel it, and  put it in their mouth. Once they determine that the block isn’t food, they repeat the  process. This process of repetition is how they learn.  Saying “stop putting things in your mouth” to a child is the same as saying they are no  longer allowed to explore their environment. Key Methods in Research (with textbook definitions)  Qualitative and Quantitative Research (Statistics) – Qualitative research “involves studies done in natural settings that produce…descriptive information about the social world.”  Quantitative research “involves the analysis of numerical data…derived from surveys and experiments to better understand…empirical social realities.”  Observational Research – “involves systematically watching, listening to, and recording  what takes place in a natural social setting” o These can be participant, in which “the researcher actually plays a role in the  group or setting being observed,” or non­participant observational research, in  which “the sociologist plays little or no role in what is being observed.”  Ethnography – “involves the creation of a detailed account of what a group of people do  and the way they live”  Netnography – “involves accounts of what transpires online, particularly on social  networking sites”  Interviews – researchers “seek information from participants by asking a series of  questions”  Surveys – “involve the collection of information from a population…through the use of  interviews and…questionnaires”  Experiments – “involve the manipulation of one or more characteristics to examine the  effect of that manipulation” Theories  Karl Marx – Capitalism o Capitalism is a system in which people privately own the means of production  and other people sell their labor.  Durkheim – Organic Solidarity o Organic Solidarity is the idea that the division of labor brings people closer  together. In other words, we all need each other economically.  DuBois – Double Consciousness o Double Consciousness is the idea that there are two yous – the way you see  yourself and the way others see you. This was created primarily for African  Americans. Terms to know:  Intersectionality – the intersection of various social statuses and the inequality and  oppression associated with each in combination with others  Mass Culture – cultural elements that are administered by large organizations, lack  spontaneity, and are phony o Think reality TV  Symbolic Interactionism – focuses on the role of symbols and how their meanings are  shared and understood by those involved in the interaction Issues in Social Research  Stanford Prison Experiment Chapter 3 Culture What is culture?  The ideas, values, practices, and material objects that allow a group of people, even an  entire society, to carry out the collective lives o Think about high school culture – popularity is everything. You have to date the  right person, have the coolest car, the most stylish clothes, etc. Basic Elements of Culture  Values – the general and abstract standards defining what a group or society as a whole  considers good, desirable, right, or important  Norms – the informal rules that guide what people do and how they live. They tell us  what we should and should not do in a given situation. o Laws – norms that have been written down and formally enforced through  institutions such as the state o Sanctions – how norms are reinforced. These can be in the form of punishments  (negative) or rewards (positive). o Folkways – relatively unimportant norms o Mores – more important norms whose violation is likely to be met with severe  negative sanctions   Material culture – all of the material objects that are reflections or manifestations of a  culture o Think of the Grove on game day  Symbolic culture – the nonmaterial, intangible aspects of culture  Language – a set of meaningful symbols that enables communication Food for thought: What is American culture?


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