One of the first theorists to argue that the adoption of capitalism is responsible for the decline of traditional orientations to social life.
The early theorist who proposed that religious beliefs are the key to whether or not a society embraces capitalism.
Characteristics of a Bureaucracy
Division of labor, emphasis on impersonality, hierarchy of authority, written rules, etc.
the Cultural Relativity of Deviance
"It is not the act itself, but the reactions to the act, that make something deviant."
A group's usual and customary social arrangements, on which its members depend and on which they base their lives.
The concept of combining both sociological point of views as well as biological (genetic predispositions) when examining a topic.
The division of large numbers of people into layers according to their power, property and prestige.
Workers on a voluntary contractual system in which they would sell their bodies (services) for a specific period of time in an arrangement very close to slavery; a.k.a. bonded labor.
The average per capita annual income in the United States, which includes all Americans and even children.
The belief by Hellinger and Judd which notes that Americans think they actually contribute to major governmental decisions through the power of the vote.
the Power Elite
The group that makes the big decisions in our American society today, according to C. Wright Mills.
The biological (natural) definition of someone by primary characteristics (i.e. penis/vagina/other reproductive organs).
The cultural (nurture-based) definition of someone by traditions or items (i.e. Tonka truck vs. Barbie doll).
The systematic annihilation or attempted annihilation of a people because of their presumed race or ethnicity (i.e. the Holocaust, Rwanda, and the Native Americans).