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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Melyssa Gaylord on Saturday September 12, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to SOCI 1101 at University of Georgia taught by Cooney in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 41 views. For similar materials see /class/202033/soci-1101-university-of-georgia in Sociology at University of Georgia.




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Date Created: 09/12/15
SOCIOLOGY 815 Sociology is the study of social life Social life is the world we create through human interaction all activities that depend on other people Sociology is the linkage of all people connections and interdependencies that make sociology different from other human sciences Sociologists are interested in the common features of social life such as How do friends communicate Do children from single parent families fare worse than 2parent ones What is it like to be rich and famous or poor and powerless Are American communities falling apart 5 Dimensions of Social Life 1 Stratification creation and distribution of wealth 2 Morphology social relationship 3 Organization groupscollective action 4 Culture expressive behavior 5 Social controlMorality right and wrong rules and regulations 817 Collins article Make yourself view something as though you have never seen it before and it s strange so you notice weird things Giordiano article Relational distanceintimacy correlated to way yearbook message was written Based research on existing data which was analyzed That is llsecondary analysis where you analyze existing data Problem is that the analysis is only as reliable as the data 1 Secondary analysis analyze existing data 2 Ethnography study of culture through intensive observation immersion 3 Surveyfocus groups a relevantly small sample is usually highly accurate to the general population Response rate is a problem as well as context and over and underreporting 4 Experiment you can control the parameters 819 Sociology is using sociological eye to find interesting questions about social life and then doing research to find answers Research can be at micro and macro levels Micro behavior of individualsMacro behavior of larger entities Sociologists are interested in the effect of macro upon micro C Wright Mills llThe Sociological Imaginationquot macro forces have a greater impact in our lives without our having realized it Such as Steve s story where the world and economy had changed within a generation without his realizing it Sociological imagination ability to link one s own situation biography with macro social forces history Leah Sabo uses Census data to apply llmacro census to her llmicro self Iife shows how census characteristics have affected her behavior MACROSOCIOLOGY often highlights influences of which we were unaware Still once these influences are pointed out but they seem pretty obvious Many course readings may seem to be common sense But that is because there is hindsight Sociologists research both micro and macro topics and everything in between Some research confirms common belief and some is surprising Why do sociology Sociology helps 1 People to understand the world see trends and patterns 2 Policy makers to make better decisions 3 Sociologists to develop theories lt want to know WHY not just WHAT SO THE GOAL OF SOCIOLOGY IS TO DESCRIBE AND EXPLAIN SOCIAL LIFE Sociology is fascinating because it makes the familiar strange but sociology can also do the opposite make the strange familiar


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