Peter Berger described this as seeing the general in the particular. By this he meant that sociologists look for general patterns in the behavior of particular people. Although every individual is unique, a society shapes the lives of its members.
4 Benefits to Using SOCIOLOGY
1) The sociological perspective helps us assess the truth of "common sense."
2) It helps us see the opportunity and constraints in our lives.
3)It empowers us to be active participants in our society.
4)Helps us live in a diverse world.
Comte saw sociology as the product of a three- stage historical development. What are they?
1)Theological stage:People took a religious view that society expressed God's will. (15th century)
2)Metaphysical stage: where people saw society reflected not the perfection of God so much as the failings of a selfish human nature.
3)Scientific stage: Began with the work of early scientists such as Galileo, Newton. Comte's contribution came in applying the scientific approach first used to study the physical world--to the the study of society.
What are the three major Theoretical Approaches? (or the basic image of society that guides thinking and research)
The structural-functional approach, the social conflict approach, and the symbolic-interaction approach.
Define structural-functional approach
It is a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability./social structure gives our lives shape in families, workplace, classroom, communities.
Robert K. Merton/ Define Manifest functions, Latent functions and social dysfunction.
Manifest functions-the recognized and intended consequences of any social pattern.
Latent functions-the unrecognized and unintended consequences of any social pattern.
Social dysfunction-is any social pattern that may disrupt the operation of society.
This is a framework for building theory that sees society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change.
Symbolic interaction approach
This is a framework for building theory that sees society as the product of the everyda interactions of individuals.
The structural functional and social-conflict approaches share a macro-level orientation, a broad focus on social structures that shape society as a whole.
A close-up focus on social interaction in specific situations. Exploring urban life on the street level, where one might watch children invent games on a school playground.or how pedestrians observe a homeless man on the street.
social conflict approach
a framework for building theory that sees society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change.
a point of view that focuses on inequality and conflict between women and men
race conflict approach
a point of view that focuses on inequality and conflict between people of different racial and ethnic categories.