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understanding human behavior by placing it within its broader social context. Stepping out of the bubble to look at human behaviors from other angles
Ability to see the connection between the larger world and our personal lives
sociological theory that argues that consensus/agreement is the overriding principle on which societies are based.
the idea that conflict between competing interests is the basic, animating force of social change and society in general
theoretical perspective that focuses on how individuals interact with one another in society and the hidden meanings behind words or actions
Development of Sociology
-the rise of a factory-based industrial economy
-the explosive growth of cities
-new ideas about democracy and political rights
Believed in functionalism and the scientific method; saw society as a set of independent parts that maintain a system but each separate part has a function
1818-1883. 19th century philosopher, political economist, sociologist, humanist, political theorist, and revolutionary. Believed in a classless society.
The founder and father of sociology who believed in social order and social change. He used the scientific method for his research.
"Survival of the fittest"; Social Darwinism between societies and cultures; evolution
Argued that in a capitalist society inequalities would lead to conflict. Employed the principle of Verstehen and the concept of the ideal type to understand individuals and their actions
study of the evolution, development, and functioning of human society
science dealing with the origin, races, customs, and beliefs of humankind
The study of how people seek to satisfy their needs and wants by making choices concerning goods and services
the scientific study of behavior and mental processes
study of the organization and operation of governments, voting patterns, political power struggles and formation of political groups