What is Sociological Imagination?
A particular type of critical thinking. An awareness of the relationship between an indiidual and the wider society, both today and in the past..
Why is Sociology considered a science?
Social Science: The study of the social features of humans and the ways in which they interact and change.
(1798-1857) - Coined "Sociology". Believed that a theoretical science of society and a systematic investigation of behavior were needed to improve society.
Most influential of the philosopers of the early 1800s.
(1802-1876) Translated Comte. Observations of customs and social practices of Britian and USA. Wrote Society in America - special attention to social class distinctions, gender and race. Wrote first book on Sociological Methods.
(1858-1917) Pioneering contributions including theoretical work on suicide. One of first sociology professors in France. A. Insistence that behavior must be understood within a larger social context, not just in individualistic terms. B. Consequences of work in modern societies: ANOMIE - loss of direction felt in a socieity when social control of individual behavior has become ineffective (suicide). C. Concerned about the dangers that alienation, lonliness and isolation might pose for modern industrial socieites
Emile Dirkheim: The loss of direction felt in a socieity when social control of individual behavior has become ineffective. Often occurs in times of profound social change, when people have lost their sense of purpose or direction. People are so confused and unable to cope with the new social environment that they may resort to suicide.
(1820-1903) Did not feel compelled to correct ro improve society, wanted to understand it better. Relied on Darwin's "On the Origins of Species" to explain how socieities change or evolve over time. Argued it's natural (survival of the fittest) that some people are rich while others are poor.
Max Weber ("Vay-ber")
(1864-1920) We cannot analyse our social behavior by the same type of objective criterial we use to measure weight and temperature. To fully comprehend behavior, we must learn the subjective meanings people attach to their actions - how they themselves view and explain their behavior. Credited for key concept IDEAL TYPE.
(1818-1883) The Commuist Manifesto that argued that the masses of people with no resources other than their labor (proletariat) should unite to fight for the overthrow of the capitalist (elite) societies. Emphasized the "group" identifications and associations that influence an "individual's" place in society.
Instructor asked students to make lists of the characteristics of the best and worst teachers. These lists are an example of what.
No answer here. Says we will understand when we see the question on the test....
W.E.B. DuBois (doo-boyss)
(1868-1963) Black. Believed that knowledgw was essential in combating prejudice and achieving tolerance and justice. Indepth urban life studies of what and black in Philiadelphia and Atlanta. Saw importance of religion to society. Cofounding NAACP. DOUBLE CONSCIOUSNESS
W.E.B. DuBois (doo-boyss): the division of an individual's identity into 2 or more social realities
Proletariate and Elite class
Marx & Engles: Those that "have" and those that "have not". People with and people without. Exploiters- the owners of the means of production & Exploited - the workers.
Early female sociologists were often active in poor urban areas as leaders of community centers known as what.
Jane Addams: Settlement Houses
Although some early sociologists saw themselves as social reformers, by the middle of the 20th century the focus shifted to what?
Sociologist for the most part restricted themselves to theorizing & gathering information. The aim of transforming socieity was left to social workers and activists. The shift away from social reform was accompanied by growing commitment to scientifific methods of research.
3 Major Theoretical Perspectives
This organizes empirical observations (explains) and acts as a guide for future observations (predicts)
1. Fuctionalist Perspective
2. Interactionist Perspective
3. Conflict Perspective
Functionalist Perspective (Major Theoretical Perspectives)
(MACRO) Thinking of society as a living organism in which each part of the organism contributes to its survival.
KEY DESCRIPTORS: STABILITY, ROLES, TRADITIONAL ROLES
Interactionist Perspective (Major Theoretical Perspectives)
(MICRO) aka Symbolic Interactionist. Generalize about everyday forms of social interaction in order to explain society as a whole. Behavior in small groups.
KEY DESCRIPTORS: SMALL UNITS, INDIVIDUALS, PERSPECTIVES, CASE BY CASE
Conflict Perspective (Major Theoretical Perspectives)
(MACRO) Sees a social world in continual struggle. Assumes that social behavior is best understood in therms of tehsion between groups over power or the allocation of resources, including housing, money, access to service, and political representation.
KEY WORDS: INSTABILITY, POWER, STRUGGLE
What theoretical perspective approach would view SPORTS as an agent for defining peoples social positions as players coaches, etc.
Interactionist. (key word DEFINING) Says will be on test.
______________ is using sociology with the intent of yielding practical applications for human behavior.
Effective Sociological Research or The Research Process or Sociological Studies
What is the Scientific Method?
DEFINE the problem
REVIEW the literature
Formulate a testable HYPOTHESIS
Select a RESEARCH DESIGN and collect analyze data
Develope the CONCLUSION
What is Operational Definition
An explanation of an abstract concept that is specific enough to allow a researcher to assess the concept. EX: Sociologist interested in status might use membership in exclusive social clubs as an operational definition of "status".
The statement Women who recieve welfare are less likely than other women to have babies is a statement of what.
The relationship between 2 variables whereby a change in 1 coincides with a change in the other
Different Types of Samples
(Collecting and Analyzing Data) Data can be collected by:
Use Existing Sources
Which of the following would be a valid measurement of an indivdual's intelligence
No answer here. Says we will understand when we see the question on the test....
Importance of Literature Review
Researchers refine the problem under study, clarify possible techniques to be used in collecting data, and eliminate or reduce avoidable mistakes.
A speculative statement about the relationship between two or more factors called Variables
A measureable trait or characteristic that is subject to change under different conditions. Independant Variable:
The variable hypothesized to cause or invluence another variable. Example: Availability of affordable housing (Independent Variable x) affects the level of homelessness in a community (the Dependant Variable y)
Its action depends on the influence of the independant variable. Example: Availability of affordable housing (Independent Variable x) affects the level of homelessness in a community (the Dependant Variable y)
A type of Research Design: A study, generally in the form of an interview or questionnaire, that provides researchers with information about how people think and act.
Relies on what is seen in the field and naturalistic settings and often focuses on small grupus and communities rather than on a large grupus or whole nations.
At conclusion of research of homelessness in Chicago, which Sociologist stated that in the short term, good social research will often be greeted as a betrayal of one or another side.
The totality of learned, socially transmitted customs, knowledge, material objects, and behavior.
The tendancy to assume that one's own culture and way of life are superior to all others.
The worldwide media industry that standardizes the goods and services demanded by consumers.
A period of maladjustment when the nonmatterial culture is still struggling to adapt to new material conditions.
The feeling of surprise and disorientation that people experience when they encounter cultural practices that are different from their own,
Cultural Diffusion (Diffusion)
The process by which a cultural item spreads from group to group or society to society.
Ways of using material objects, as well as customs, beliefs, philosophies, governments, and patterns of communication.
McDonalization of Society
George Ritzer: term used to describe how the principles of fast-food restaurants, developed in the United States, have come to dominate more and more sectors of societies throughout the world. Associated with melding of cultural, thru which we see more and more similarities in cultural expression. Menus, efficencies, Drive thru,
A segment of society that shares a distinctive pattern of customs, rules, and traditions that differs from the pattern of the larger society.
Investigators who collect information through direct participation and or by closely watching a group or community.
Every member of an entire population being studied has the same chance of being selected.
Snowball or Convenience Samples
Recruiting participants for surveys through word of mouth or by posting notices on the Internet. (survey topic may involve clandestined activities, drugs, murder, felony activities, etc.)
Refers to a variety of research techniques that make use of previously collected and publicaly accessible information and data.
An abstract system of word meanings and sybols for all aspects of culture. It includes speech, written characters, numbers, symbols, nonverbal gestures and expressions.
Describes the role of of language in shaping our interpretaion of reality. Because people can conceptualize the world only through language, language PRECEDES thought. Language is not a given. It is culturally determeined.
Norm deemed highly necessary to the welfare of a society. Each society demands obedience to its mores. Violations can lead to severe penalties. USA: murder, treason, child abuse.
Norms governing everyday behavior. Play an important role is shaping the daily behavior of members of a culture. Walking up a down escalator challenges our standards of behavior, but won't result in a fine or jail.