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Structural Functionalism: using science to improve every aspect of life. Sociology would solve all problems in the world. Did suicide studies within religion
Society has different parts and they must function together for society to work.
What kind of questions do structural functionalists ask?
What function does x fill? How is x functional or dysfunctional?
change is driven by the rise and subseqyent fall of economic systems in society
the ability to connect the most basic intimate aspects of an individuals' life to seemingly impersonal and remote historical forces
a group of social positions, connected by social relations, performing a social role; also defined in a narrow sense as any institution in a society that works to socialize the groups or people within it
how individuals define themselves in relationship to groups with which they affiliate (or disassociate from).
a methodological approach that looks for the causes of developments and changes in human societies in the way in which humans collectively earn a living, thus emphasizing, through economic analysis, everything that coexists within the economic base of society
a strain within sociology that believes the social world can be described and predicted by certain describable relationships
the theory that various social institutions and processes in society exist to serve some important function to keep society running
the idea that conflict between competing interests is the basic animating force of social change and society in general (Marx)
a condition characterized by a questioning of the notion of progress and history, the replacement of narrative within pastiche, and multiple, perhaps even conflicting, identities resulting form disjointed affiliations
is a state of dominance where the dominance is so complete that alternative options are difficult to imagine
What groups are in conflict? Racial, Gender, Economic? What are the scarce resources they are conflicting over? How is power being maintained? What are the hegemonic beliefs?
Research questions conflict theorists ask
Instead of studying books he talked to people and became a part of society (Social Interactionists)
Value free sociology
Sociologists should try to keep their own values from affecting their work (not objectivity)
people attach meanings to symbols and create society through those shared meanings (micro level of society)
Critical of the power relationships embedded in systems of society even in the system of science (Mass culture)
How are masculinity and femininity maintained, enacted, changed in society? Mix of conflict theory and symbolic interactionists
Distrustful of any claim of objectivity-reality is a wholly subjective construct
Current society is based on an amalgamation of empty, consumerist symbols without any framework of principles (pessimistic)
methods that attempt to collect information about the social world that cannot be readily converted to numeric form
methods that seek to obtain information about the social world that is already in, or can be converted to, numeric form
no pre conceived notions into a situation and a hypothesis comes out of your data collected (qualitative)
investigates something no one or very few have studied before (often qualitative research)
gives additional precision about a known subject (US Census, tends to be quantitative research)
status that becomes primary in lifes and mind and the one that holds primary weight in daily interactions
you learn to repeat or avoid behavior depending on whether the behavior was reinforced or punished
Erikson's eight states of psychosocial personality development
the stages span an entire lifetime aren't limited to childhood or adolescence
identity we create based on group memberships and each person's social identity is unique
life is a stage and all people are merely players and looks at the roles that each person plays
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