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Intro to Sociology

by: Amely Sawayn

Intro to Sociology SOC 100

Amely Sawayn
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Luis Sfeir-Younis

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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Amely Sawayn on Thursday October 29, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to SOC 100 at University of Michigan taught by Luis Sfeir-Younis in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 97 views. For similar materials see /class/231473/soc-100-university-of-michigan in Sociology at University of Michigan.


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Date Created: 10/29/15
The Sociological Imagination The Promise 0 People feel they are trapped within their lives 0 Neither a life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both 0 People usually do not define the troubles they endure in terms of historical change and institutional contradiction o The social imagination enables its processor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and external career of a variety of individuals 0 People who grasp the social imagination acquire a new way of thinking they experience a transvaluation of values in a word by their reflection and sensibility they realize the cultural meaning of social sciences Invitation to Sociology o Sociology is not a practice but an attempt to understand 0 Sociologist is a spy who should report what is there 0 Sociologists help many groups of human beings by uncovering morally shocking conditions or by clearing ways collective illusions or by showing that socially desired results can be obtained in more humane fashions 0 Important to realize that sociology is capable of being used for harm and benefit 0 Methodology is necessary and a valid part of the sociological enterprise because many sociologists are compelled to reflect upon methodological problems as they develop their scientific rules of evidence 0 Employment of sociologists by certain industries and governments raises moral questions 0 Methodology is an attempt to understand society 0 Statistics does not constitute sociology o Sociologist s essentially similar questions 0 What are people doing with each other here 0 What are their relationships to each other 0 How are these relationships organized in institutions 0 What are the collective ideas that move men and institutions 0 Sociological discoveries about reality can be like a llculture shock o The sociological perspective is like a demon that possesses someone and drives him to the questions that are its own


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