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Groups, Leaders, Peer Pressure, Conformity, Group Think
Intro to Sociology 101
Dr. Gibbs
Class Notes
Introduction to Sociology
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Societies to Social Networks 6.1 Societies and Their Transformation ● The sociological principle is that the type of society we live in is the fundamental reason for why we become who we are ○ Society influences the way we think and feel ○ Technology is the key to understanding the changes making our society ● Hunting and Gathering Societies ○ Human group that depends on hunting and gathering for survival ■ All persons in the group contribute to hunting and gathering ○ Few divisions, little inequality ○ Shaman- ​someone thought to be able to influence spiritual forces ○ Nomadic​ groups- follow food sources ○ Egalitarian-​ possessing few personal possessions ○ Breaks into two directions: ● Pastoral and Horticultural Societies ○ Pastoral-​ herding societies ○ Domestic Revolution- 1st revolution ○ Based on the pasturing animals/crops ○ Remained nomadic- followed their resources of food ○ Horticultural-​ gardening societies ■ Developed permanent settlements ● No longer had to follow their food source ■ Cultivation of plants with hand tools ○ Not everyone was required to hunt and gather ■ Leads to a division of labor ● Required people to perform specific jobs for the community ● Leads to social inequality ○ Some families/clans required more goods than others ○ Lead to passing down personal possessions to other generations → wealth grew → power grew ○ The change from fewer to more possessions and from more to less equality ● Agricultural Societies ○ Agricultural revolution- 2nd social revolution ■ Based on the i​ nvention of the plow ■ Lead to agricultural societies ○ Allowed for “culture” activities other than farming ■ Philosophy, art,music, literature, architecture ■ Invention of the wheel, writing, numbers ■ The “dawn of civilization” ○ Inequality became a fundamental feature of society ■ Protecting privilege and power ● Groups began to protect themselves with armed men and weapons ● Demanded protection and money/taxes from others ■ Women became subject to males ● Men were in charge of most agricultural activities ○ In charge of the plow and cattle, etc ● Industrial Societies ○ Societies based on the harnessing of machines powered by fuels ○ Industrial Revolution- 3rd social revolution ■ Machines powered by fuels replaced most animal and human power ○ More social inequality ■ Threw people out of their original lands ● Homelessness, starvation, desperate for work ● Gave owners loads of money ■ Workers had little to no legal rights ● Could not unionize ● No safe working conditions ● Protesting → fired from work ○ Returning to place of work → arrested/beat by security ● Strikes were illegal ○ Brought many goods to society ■ Workers won basic rights ■ The pattern of growing inequality was reversed ■ Home ownership was common ■ Ownership of automobiles/variety of consumer goods ■ Abolition of slavery ■ Monarchies → more representative political systems ■ More rights for women and minorities ■ Rights to vote, jury trials, cross-examination witnesses ● Post-Industrial (Information) Societies ○ Based on i ​ nformation​, services, high technology ■ vs raw materials and manufacturing ○ Do not produce as much ■ Transmit/apply information to provide services that others are willing to pay for ○ Lead to a 4th social revolution ● Biotech Societies ○ Is a new type of society emerging? ○ A society whose economy increasingly centers on modifying genetics to produce food, medicine, and materials ■ Centers on applying and altering genetic structures ○ Began in 1953? ■ Discovery of the double helix structure of DNA ○ In 2001? ■ The decoding of the human genome ○ The social significance of these changes: ■ As society is transformed, we transform with it ■ The transformations we experience are extremely fundamental ● Changes the ways we think about the self and life 6.2 Groups within Society ● Our society creates a ​ ense of not belonging ○ Durkheim calls this ​anomie ■ Small groups can prevent a ​ nomie ■ We all need a sense of belonging ○ Aggregate- ​consists of individuals who temporarily share the same physical space, but don’t view themselves as belonging together ■ Ex: shoppers standing in the same checkout line ○ Category- ​consists of people who share similar characteristics ■ Ex: all college women who wear glasses, men over 6 ft tall ■ A category is a ​statistic ■ These individuals still don’t think of themselves as “belonging together” ● Don’t interact with one another ● Primary Groups ○ Cooley ○ Primary groups- ​a small group characterized by intimate, long-term, face-to-face association and cooperation ■ Gives us a self, identity, feeling of who we are ■ Makes us feel loved, appreciated ○ Producing a Mirror Within ■ Humans have strong emotional needs ● Sense of belonging, feelings of self-esteem ■ When primary groups are dysfunctional: ● Fail to meet basic needs ● Create dysfunctional adults ○ Wounded people who make life hard ● Values of primary groups have fused into our identity ■ Primary groups have become our ​mirror within ● Secondary groups ○ Larger, more anonymous, more formal and impersonal ○ Based on shared interests, activities ○ Interact on the basis of a specific status ○ Tend to break down into primary groups ● In-Groups and Out-Groups ○ In-group: ​ groups where one feels loyalty ■ “We” ○ Out-group​: groups where we feel antagonism ■ “Them” ■ Seen as “bad” or “evil” regardless of their behavior and personality ● Reference Groups ○ Reference groups- groups we refer to when we evaluate ourselves ■ Family, friends, neighbors, teachers, co-workers, etc ○ Thinking of grad school? ■ Grad students or members of your desired profession may form a reference group ■ Consider their standards to evaluate your grades/skills ○ Can change our appearance, manners, vocabulary, change academic goals, etc ● Social Networks ○ Social networks- People who are linked to one another ■ Family, friends, acquaintances, students, co-workers, friends of friends ○ It’s a big spider web! ■ Everyone is connected somehow from person to person ○ Clique-​ the clusters within a social network who choose to interact with one another ○ Applied Social Analysis ■ The analysis of social networks is a part of applied sociology ● Ex: to reduce gang violence ○ When one is shot, others will shoot the rival members to “even the score” ○ Police add the names of victims to a linkage program to find their associations to find other potential victims and those who seek revenge ○ Small World Phenomenon ■ Milgram ● Address a letter to someone (the target), but don’t mail the letter to the target ● Actually sends the letter to “starters”- people who did not know these individuals ● Starters were to send the letters to people they knew on a first name basis who might know the “target” and so on and so on. ● Would the letters ever reach the target?? ● If so, how long would that chain be??? ■ Recent studies in attempt to replicate Milgram’s study have led to conflicting results likely due to how the researchers are choosing their samples and measuring links 6.3 Group Dynamics ● Group dynamics-​ how groups influence us and how we influence groups ○ Size of the group, leadership, conformity, decision making ● Small group-​ a group small enough that each member can interact directly with all of the others ○ Primary or secondary ● Effects of Group Size on S​ tability and Intimacy ○ Simmel ○ Dyad-​ the smallest group possible (2 people) ■ Marriage, love affairs, close friendships ■ Most intense/intimate of human groups ■ Tend to be unstable ● Requires both members to participate ● If one loses interest, the dyad collapses ○ Triad-​ a group of 3 people ■ Adding a person changes a group in fundamental ways ● Interaction between the first 2 people decreases ○ Creates strain ● Having a baby ○ The baby becomes prime focus and the couple’s interaction decreases ○ The marriage usually becomes stronger from this though ○ Coalitions-​ 2 members aligning themselves against 1 ■ Leaves a 3rd member excluded and feeling hurt ■ Creates an arbitrator or mediator​- someone who tries to settle disagreements between the two ○ Key points: ■ As small groups grow larger, they become more stable but the intensity decreases ■ As a group becomes larger, speech becomes more formal ■ As a person is added to a group, the connections among people multiply ■ Dyad- 1 relationship ■ Triad- 3 relationships ■ Group of 4- 6 relationships ■ Group of 5- 10 relationships ■ Group of 10- 45 relationships etc etc ● Effects of Group Size on Attitudes and Behavior ○ Small​ groups- more ​informal ○ Larger​ groups- more ​formal ○ The division of small groups is inevitable ■ Adding persons increases connections ● Leadership ○ Leaders-​ people who influence the behaviors, opinions, or attitudes of others ○ Instrumental Leader-​ task oriented ■ Does not like to be side tracked ■ Reminds the group of its goals ○ Expressive Leader-​ socioemotional leader ■ Not recognized as a leader ■ Lifts the group’s morale ■ Makes jokes, offers sympathy ■ Increases harmony, minimizes conflict ○ Leadership Styles (3)-​ ways of expressing yourself as a leader ■ Authoritarian Leader-​ one who gives orders ■ Democratic Leader- ​one who tries to gain consensus ■ Laissez-Faire Leader- ​one who is highly permissive ● Peer Pressure: Asch Experiment ○ Conformity experiment ○ Which line on card 2 matches the size of the line on card 1? ■ The answer is obvious, but as many people begin to answer incorrectly, one would also guess wrong with the majority to belong in the group ■ By answering incorrectly, you are correct in the group ■ Conformity and peer pressure are strong enough forces to get most people to say things they know are false ● Authority: The Milgram Experiment ○ Shocking test ■ Teacher and learner ■ Teacher shocks learner after every wrong answer with increasing shocks ■ Experimenter continues to tell the teacher to continue even after the learners cries ■ Tests to see how far the teacher will go ● Global Consequences of Group Dynamics: Groupthink ○ Groupthink-​ a narrowing of thought by a group of people ■ Leading to the perception that there is only one correct answer ■ Suggesting alternative answers is a sign of disloyalty ■ Can be catastrophic: ● Example- Pearl Harbor ○ Brought US into WWII ■ Can make “good” people do “bad” things ● Government officials defended torture as “the lesser of two evils” ● Health professionals joined in to “help humanity” though unethical experimentation


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