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Sociology 101, Week 4 Notes

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Sociological Theory   Structural­functional approach: a framework building theory that sees society as a  complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability  Social structure: any relatively stable pattern of social behavior   Social functio : the consequences of a social pattern for the operation of society as a  whole   Manifest functions: the recognized and intended consequences of any social pattern  Latent functions: the unrecognized and unintended consequences of any social pattern   Social dysfunctio : any social pattern that may disrupt the operation of society  Globalization of the economy, a rising flow of immigrants, and increasing inequality of  income are all factors that disrupt existing social patterns   Social conflict approa : a framework for building theory that sees society as an arena of  inequality that generates conflict and change  Gender­conflict theory: the study of society that focuses on inequality and conflict  between women and men (feminism)  Harriet Martineau (1802­1935): first woman sociologist (English)  Jane Addams (1860­1935) US sociologist pioneer→helped found Hull House, a chicago  settlement house that provided assistance to immigrant families  Racial­conflict theory: the study of society that focuses on inequality and conflict  between people of different racial & ethnic categories  Ida Wells Barnett (1862­1931) born slave but became teacher→journalist→newspaper  publisher + campaigned for racial equality & to put an end to lynching black people  William Edward Burghardt Du Bois (1868­1963) born to poor Massachusetts  family→enrolled at Fisk University→then Harvard where he earned 1st doctorate  awarded by that university to a person of color→Founded Atlanta Sociological  Laboratory (important center of sociological research in early decades of last century)   Macro­level orientati : a broad focus on social structures that shape society as a whole  Micro­level orientation: a close­up focus on social interaction in specific situations   Symbolic­ interaction approac : a framework for building theory that sees society as the  product of everyday interactions of individuals everyday What is a Theory?   Theor : a statement of how & why specific facts are related  Sociologists formulate & test theories and utilize theoretical frameworks to guide our  research o Theoretical framework: a basic image of society that guides thinking and research  3 major theoretical frameworks in sociology: 1. Structural­functional Approach 2. Social Conflict Approach 3. Symbolic Interactionalist Approach  Structural­Functional Approach   Originally formulated by Auguste Comte  Framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work  together to promote solidarity and stability   Emphasizes how various institutions lead to the proper functioning of society o Criminal justice system  Maintains order for society o Education system  Produces workers for industry  Teaches people how to be productive citizens o Religion  Teaches citizens proper morals  A key weakness of this approach is that any dysfunction can be seen as a function, so  everything is good for society Social­Conflict Approach  Karl Marx  A framework for building theory that sees society and an area of inequality that generates conflict and change  Emphasizes how social institutions help maintain social inequality  o Criminal justice system  Allows dominant class to control minority groups & the poor o Education system  Reproduces social inequality by filtering lower­class students into low­ status, low wage jobs and preparing upper­class students for high skill,  high wage jobs  Teaches minority groups and the poor the dominant ideology  o Religion  Legitimizes the dominance of the dominant class by teaching people that  their social position is ordained by God or some other supernatural being Symbolic­ Interaction Approach  Max Weber  Emphasizes the role of everyday interactions in the creation of social institutions o Criminal justice  Courts:  Judges  Lawyers  Criminals o Education system  Schools:  Teachers  Students  Administration o Religion  Churches:  Clergy  Congregants  Structural­functional & social­conflict approaches have a Macro­ level orientation o Broad focus on social institutions that shape society as whole    Symbolic­interaction approach has Micro­level orientation o Close­up focus Sociological Imagination  Excerpt from book published in 1959 by sociologist C. Wright Mills  Mills argues that the average individual isn’t aware of influence of historical period on  his/her life  Describes differences between how average individual sees world & how social analysts  see world


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