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SOC 10: The Sociological Imagination Week 2 Notes; Doctor Simmers

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Hey guys! These notes are from week 2 lectures (on 10/3/16 and 10/5/16) continuing on an introduction to the sociological imagination. It includes a basic definition of the sociological imagination...
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Date Created: 10/08/16
Carolyn Polo Doctor Simmers SOC 10, Week 2 Notes Lecture 1 cont: The Sociological Imagination (October 3 and 5, 2016) ❖ Sociological Imagination ➢ Is the ability to see the relationship between individual experiences and social influence ■ Recognizing that what happens in the world affects you on a personal level ❖ Contemporary Sociological Theories ➢ Functionalism ■​ Emphasizes order, cohesion, and consensus ■ Functions​ are purposes and activities that meet different needs that contribute to a society’s stability ■ Sees society as a system of codependent parts that work together to ensure sur social survival ● society as social system with structures where each structure fulfills a certain function ■ Dysfunction negatively impacts society, but is still considered a function ■ Ignores social change and the inequality maintained by powerful people ● Functionalism and amoral, meaning it does not pay any attention to what is moral or immoral ◆ For example, a functionalist view on poverty is that poverty is profitable (non-profit organizations are created to help poverty, when in reality it raises little money for the issues at hand). This idea is immoral, but it is still functional in the view of functionalists ■ Includes manifest and latent functions ● Manifest functions​ are intended and recognized ● Latent functions​ are unintended and unrecognized ➢ Conflict Theory ​ ■ Examines how and why groups struggle over power, disagree, and compete for scarce resources ​ ■ Explains how societies create and cope with disagreements ​ ■ Perceives the tension between the “haves” and the “have-nots” ● “Haves” dominate social, political, and economic activities over the “have-nots” ​ ■ Emphasizes competition and coercion ■ This theory is derived from ​Carl Marx​ who predicted conflict was the result of widespread economic inequalities ■ It is often in opposition to functionalism in that it will take into account the morality of situations ➢ Feminist Theory ​ ■ Explains social, economic, and political position of women in society ■ Women suffer injustice because of their gender ■ Feminists seek to free women from traditionally oppressive expectations and constraints ■ not all feminists are women; not all feminists dislike men ***if anyone needs clarification or has any questions about these notes, please contact me at ​ ***Thanks for purchasing my notes! I hope they were helpful :)


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