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Macionis Sociology Test 1 Material - Chapter 4

Society
STUDY
PLAY
Society
people who interact in a defined territory and share a culture
Sociocultural Evolution
Lenski's term for the changes that occur as a society gains new technology
Hunting and Gathering
making use of simple tools to hunt animals and gather vegetation for food
Horticulture
the use of hand tools to raise crops
Pastoralism
the domestication of animals
Agriculture
large-scale cultivation using plows harnessed to animals or more powerful energy sources
Industrialism
the production of goods using advanced sources of energy to drive large machinery
Postindustrialism
the production of information using computer technology
Social Conflict
the struggle between segments of society over valued resources
Capitalists
people who own and operate factories and other businesses in pursuit of profits
Proletarians
people who sell their labor for wages
Social Institutions
the major spheres of social life, or societal subsystems, organized to meet human needs
False Consciousness
term for explanations of social problems as the shortcomings of individuals rather than as the flaws of society
Class Conflict
conflict between entire classes over the distribution of a society's wealth and power
Class Consciousness
workers' recognition of themselves as a class unified in opposition to capitalists and ultimately to capitalism itself
Alienation
the experience of isolation and misery resulting from powerlessness
Ideal Type
an abstract statement of the essential characteristics of any social phenomenon
Tradition
values and beliefs passed from generation to generation
Rationality
a way of thinking that emphasizes deliberate, matter-of-fact calculation of the most efficient way to accomplish a particular task
Rationalization of Society
the historical change from tradition to rationality as the main type of human thought
Anomie
a condition in which society provides little moral guidance to individuals
Mechanical Solidarity
social bonds, based on common sentiments and shared moral values, that are strong among members of preindustrial societies
Organic Solidarity
social bonds, based on specialization and interdependence that are strong among members of industrial societies
Division of Labor
specialized economic activity
Which of the following would Lenski highlight as a cause of change in society?
a. a new religious movements
b. conflict between workers and factory owners
c. the stream engine
d. the extent to which people share moral values
c. the steam engine
Horticultural societies are those in which
a. people hunt animals and gather vegetation
b. people are nomadic
c. people have learned to raise animals
d. people use simple hand tools to raise crops
d. people use simple hand tools to raise crops
Lenski claims that the development of more complex technology
a. has both positive and negative effects
b. is entirely positive
c. is mostly negative
d. has little or no effect on society
a. has both positive and negative effects
Marx believed that industrail-capitalist economic system
a. was very productive
b. concentrated wealth in the hands of a few
c. created conflict between two great classes: capitalists and proletarians
d. all of the above
d. all of the above
Marx considered which of the following to be the "foundation" of society?
a. technology
b. the economy
c. dominant ideas
d. type of solidarity
b. the economy
Unlike Mark, Weber thought alienation was caused by
a. social change that is too rapid
b. extensive social inequality
c. the high level of rationality in modern society
d. all of the above
c. the high level of rationality in modern society
What Lenski called the "industrial" society and Marx called the Capitalist society, Weber called
a. the rational society
b. the ideal society
c. the traditional society
d. the technological society
a. the rational society
Marx's materialist analysis contrasts with Weber's
a. optimistic analysis
b. idealist analysis
c. traditional analysis
d. technological analysis
b. idealist analysis
Durkheim thought of society as
a. existing only in people's minds
b. constantly changing
c. an objective reality
d. having no clear existence at all
c. an objective reality
Which of the following questions might Durkheim ask about the ongoing war on terror?
a. would the war on terror unite people across the US?
b. which class benefits most from the war on terror?
c. how does war lead to new kinds of technology?
d. how does war increase the scope of bureaucracy?
a. would the war on terror unite people across the US