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Soc Week 1

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Basics of Sociology
Introductory Sociology
Dr. David L. Brunsma
Class Notes
Introduction to Sociology
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Andi Moskal on Thursday September 15, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 1004 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University taught by Dr. David L. Brunsma in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 5 views. For similar materials see Introductory Sociology in Sociology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

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Date Created: 09/15/16
★ Who are we?  ○ We all are  ■ Experiences  ■ Scripts  ■ Meaning­makers  ■ In relation  ■ Located in the matrix  ■ Socialized  ■ Social  ★ What is Sociology?  ○ Conley: “The study of human society”  ○ The object (and subject) of study: the social  ○ Vs. Psychology  ○ Examples  ○ Collective Effervescence  ○ Not about “people”  ■ Study of “the social”, or what happens when people are bonded together  ■ When people are together, they create phenomena that are a different order  than phenomena at the individual level  ○ The mind  ■ Much more than the brain  ■ Phenomena of other sort  ■ Psychology studies the mind, that depends on the physical reality of the  brain but is not the physical reality of the brain  ■ Individual particles have constrained activities by their very relationship  with one another  ○ Social reality  ■ More than the sum of social part  ■ Exerts force and pressure on people  ■ Differentially exerts pressure for some  ■ Opens opportunities for other  ■ As people make/break bonds, it changes the social fabric, and then  changes them  ★ VT Football Game Example  ○ Cloudy/Rainy day  ○ It starts raining and thousands of people open their umbrella  ○ In key moment, thousands of people start cheering, doing the wave, etc. all at the  same time  ○ Social activity: More argument to be made that the social activity is the wave  movement  ■ Has to do with what people are responding to  ○ In case of rain: Everyone is responding the rain  ■ Possible that everyone protecting themselves from the rain is a cultural  phenomena  ○ In case of cheering: People are responding to other people in the stadium  ■ Collective effervescence  ● When the feeling of being a part of a group overwhelms your  senses  ● When being a part of a group makes you do things you never  would normally do  ★ Other Kinds of Social Force  ○  


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