SOC 204 Notes - 11/15/15 & 11/19/15
SOC 204 Notes - 11/15/15 & 11/19/15 SOC 204
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Date Created: 11/20/15
Sociology 204 Notes Week of Friday 112015 Tuesday November 17th Reification this quotthingificationquot of social relations refers to the treatment of social activity and relations as objects which in turn take on a natural quality on our minds and thus appear as subjects Become Social Objects a construct to make sense of deep patterns institutions appear as External and Coercive Health and Society Life Illness Death each of these existential conditions are socially meditated through Institutions Professions and Industries The US Healthcare System unlike many other industrialized nations the US doesn39t offer universal healthcare The four main types of health care coverage in the US are feeforservice health maintenance organizations Medicare Medicaid Discrepancies in Healthcare there are many heath discrepancies in the United States with whites having the best outcomes overall The starkest differences can be found between whites and blacks What is Education education as a modern social and political institution education is the process through which academic social and cultural ideas and tools of the society are transmitted person to person Schools the 1966 Coleman Report shows that two main factors family background and peers explained differences in achievement among schools rather than differences in school resources as had been expected even though racial disparities in outcomes are significant the growing gap in academic proficiency is between rich and poor not as much by race Capitalism in a Global Economy the dominance of capitalism is rooted in a social invention called the corporation Corporation a legal entity to hold capital and limit the liability of owners of that capital it39s treated in law as a person Corporate capitalism how corporations dominate the country Multinational corporations corporations that operate across national borders Ominous Trends in the US most Americans find their standard of living declining income inequality has increased a lot in the last 30 years Americans are saving less taxes for corporations and the rich are at an all time low and the republicans are determined to lower them even more the US used to be the largest creditor in the world but it39s now the largest debtor Thursday November 1939 Power Authority and Hegemony power ability to use force to get things in our society power is unequal it39s given to those who quotshinequot and those who govern have more coercion when an authority has no more legitimacy but others comply due to their threatening nature types of authority traditional based on custom rationallegal based on written law charismatic authority based on an entity39s outstanding traits that attract followers ideology interconnected beliefs about reality and social life that form the backdrop for everyday knowledge like water to a fish ideologies are everywhere but we aren39t likely to notice them government the formal organized agency that exercises power and control in modern society especially through the creation and enforcement of laws Power Elite case of corporate power dominating our national interests and priorities Who Rules the United States Functionalist view Pluralism diffusion of power among many interest groups that prevents any one group from gaining control Conflict view the power elite or the Ruling Class exert political influence along with the corporations via their control over property and access to goods C Wright Mills coined the term quotpower elitequot to describe a relatively small number of people who control the economic political and military institutions of society Power Ideology and Strategy the upper class is rooted in corporate wealth two political factions which are rooted in networks policy organizations and the two part system provide much of the private funding for campaign systems the Two Factions the Power Elite and Democracy concentrated wealth organized through social networks clubs Methods of Power Capture revolving door control of candidate system appointments testimony lobbying
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