Alienation or social instability caused by erosion of standards and values caused living in the modern world.
Going along with one's peers, individuals of a person's own status, who have no special right to direct that person's behavior.
Sociological investigation that concentrates on large-scale phenomena or entire civilizations.
Sociological investigation that stresses study of small groups and often uses laboratory experimental studies.
According to George Herbert Mead, the sum total of people's conscious perceptions of their own identity as distinct from others.
The tendency of people to respond to and act on the basis of stereotypes, leading to validation of false definitions.
A condition in which members of a society have different amounts of wealth, prestige, or power.
The process whereby people learn the attitudes, values, and actions appropriate for individuals as members of a particular culture.
A fairly large number of people who live in the same territory, are relatively independent of people outside it, and participate in a common culture.
The set of mind that allows individuals to see the relationship between events in their personal lives, events in their society and global and historical events.
Collective conceptions of what is considered good, desirable, and proper-or bad, undesirable, and improper-in a culture.