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SOC 150 Test 1 Chapters 1 to 6

Scientific study of human groups and social behavior
-the objective and value-free observation, comparison, and experimentation applied to scientific inquiry
-scientifically-based sociological research that uses scientific tools such as survey, sampling, objective measurement, and cultural and historical analysis to study and understand society
August Comte
Started sociology
Used Positivism
Worked in response to the French Revolution
sociology", "religion of humanity" and "altruism"
Harriet Martineau
Translated August Comte's work
Exposed unfair social practices in the U.S. that led to class distinction
"How to observe manners and morals"
The Industrial Revolution
transformed the way society was. large to small families, farms to factories, die young to die old, etc.
Adam Smith
"Father of modern Economics"
Wrote the Wealth Of nations
associated with "laissez faire" and "division of labour"
People learn human behavior through society
Symbolic Interactionism-the ability to follow societies rules
Karl Marx
Communist, economist
Poor exploited by wealthy elite
Capitalism would come to an end
Wrote the communist manifesto
Herbert Spencer
English philosopher, sociologist
Survival of the fittest in society(Charles Darwin)
Wealthy were the fittest so they prospered-better for society
Emile Durkheim
Talked about social facts and suicide
"collective conscience" "anomie"
said science can't describe individuals only types
Social Facts
every way of acting which is general throughout a given society, while at the same time existing in its own right independent of its individual manifestations
-are social processes rooted in society rather than in the individual
Social Integration
The degree to which people are connected to social groups
is a state of relative normlessness that comes from the disintegration of our routines and regulations ex:moving to a large city
Altruistic suicide
when the needs of the society are greater than the individual.
Ex: soldiers who die for comrades
Egoistic suicide
a loner type of suicide caused by under involvement in groups and society
Anomic suicide
when people are under regulated by familiar norms
Ex: 9-11 terrorist attacks or economic recession that changes norms
Fatilistic suicide
when people are over regulated or over constrained
Ex: prisoners of war, inmates, refugees
Jane Addams
-early female social reformer
-political activist that fought for women's and racial rights/equality
-Hull house in Chicago that helped those in need
-problems caused by imbalance of social classes
-only sociologist and first female to win nobel peace prize
-role model for women
George Herbert Mead
-social psychology and philosophy
-human beings began understanding of social world through "play" and "game" as a child
-human self arises in the process of social interaction, especially by way of linguistic communication (symbolic interaction).
Max Weber
-German sociologist and political economist, who
profoundly influenced social theory, social research, and the discipline of sociology itself
-"The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism."
-talked about religion and bureaucracy
Charles Horton Cooley
-sociological perspective of small groups (families, gangs)
-concepts of looking glass self and primary Vs. secondary groups
W.E.B Dubois
-first black sociologist
-civil rights activist, race research
-first black student to graduate Harvard
-said race issue was a problem of ignorance
Talcott Parsons
-Functional Theorist who did extensive work on Systems Theory
Robert K. Merton
-influential sociologist of 20th century
-self fulfilling prophecy
-theories of deviant behavior
Erving Goffman
-"The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life."
-explores the details of individual identity, group relations, the impact of environment, and the movement and interactive meaning of information
-Interaction is viewed as a performance, shaped by environment and audience, constructed to provide others with impressions that are consonant with the desired goals of the actor.
-We act differently in different settings
C. Wright Mills
saw our personal challenged as "troubles" and larger social challenges as "issues"
-"neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both."
sociological imagination
making the connection between personal challenges and larger social issues
false social consciousness
an ignorance of social facts and the larger social picture.
Personal troubles
are private problems experienced within the character of the individual and the range of their immediate relation to others
social issues
are those that lie beyond one's personal control and the range of one's inner life
Personal things that can lead to divorce
teens who marry, marrying in college. marrying while pregnant. poor, high personal debt, falling out of love, not proactively maintaining your marital relationship; marrying someone who has little in common with you; infidelity; remaining mentally "on the marriage market...waiting for someone better to come along;" having parents who are divorced; and neither preparing for, nor managing the stresses that come with, raising children.
Larger social factors that have led to divorce
when soldiers return from wars, bad economic times, more single women, urban areas, western U.S., among poor less educated
The difference between sex and gender
sex is biological gender is cultural. Gender is what culture and society make of the sexed body.
Judith Butler
philosopher that has contributed to feminism, gender theory and queer theory. Believes we perform our masculinity or femininity.
a set of interrelated concepts used to describe, explain, and predict how society and its parts are related to each other
Cummings and Henry Theory
As people get older and death is inevitable they start to withdraw from society, friends and family. Found to be false for old people in general but may be true for other groups.
macro theories
theories which best fit the study of massive numbers of people (typically Conflict and Functional theories)
micro theories
theories which best fit the study of small groups and their members (typically Symbolic Interactionism)
Conflict theory
claims that society is in a state of perpetual conflict and competition for limited resources.
-Started by Marx and then by Weber
-assumes that those who "have" perpetually try to increase their wealth at the expense and suffering of those who "have-not." It is a power struggle which is most often won by the wealthy elite and lost by the common person of common means. Those who "have" are those who possess power
Ex: The rich and poor neighborhoods right next to eachother
Characteristics:• Inequality lies at the core of society which leads to conflict
• Resources are limited
• Power is not evenly distributed
• Competition is inevitable (winners & losers)
• Negotiations based on influence, threats, promises, and consensus
• Threats and coercion
• Any resource can be used as tool of power or exploitation
• War is natural
• Haves and have nots
• Privileges are protected by haves
• Order is challenged by have nots
the ability to get what one wants even in the presence of opposition
is institutionalized, legitimate power
making something (for example a concept, a social role, particular values and norms, or modes of behavior) become embedded within an organization, social system, or society as an established custom or norm within that system .
wealthy elite are the royal, political, and corporate leaders. The "have" of conflict theory
common working class, lower class, and poor members of society. The "have not" of conflict theory
The Functionalist Theory
claims that society is in a state of balance and kept that way through the function of society's component parts
Ex: Homeless people after a tragedy are helped by Habitat for Humanity to try and reach equilibrium
Characteristics:• Uses biological model (society is like a living organism)
• Society has interrelated parts
• What are functions or dysfunctions of parts
• Society finds balance and is stable
• Equilibrium
• Society adjusts to maintain balance
• How are parts integrated
• Manifest functions
• Latent functions and dysfunctions
are breakdowns or disruptions in society and its parts that threaten social stability
Manifest functions
are the apparent and intended functions of institutions in society
Ex: government restoring the stock market through regulations
Latent functions
the less apparent, unintended, and often unrecognized functions in social institutions and processes
Ex: U.S. military bases providing jobs, taxes, tourism, and retail= economic boom
the state of balance maintained by social processes that help society adjust and compensate for forces that might tilt it onto a path of destruction.
Symbolic Interactionism
claims that society is composed of ever-present interactions among individuals who share symbols and their meanings
Ex: you understand your professor's expectations and how to step up to them.
Ex: understanding the way someone else sees a social symbol and reaching a common ground
Characteristics: • Society is an ongoing process of many social interactions
• Interactions based on symbolic context in which they occur
• Subjective perceptions are critical to how symbols are interpreted
• Communications
• Meanings
• Roles
• Self
• Reality shaping in self and with others
• Social construction of reality
• Thomas Theorem
• Definition of situation
Thomas Theorem
"Definition of the situation" if people perceive or define something as being real, then it becomes real in its
Ex: a government official believes he can get away with any behavior, so they take bribes
Ex: Rosa parks was just trying to get to work and her feet were tired. This simple symbol was a catalyst for a civil rights movement.
the set of practices that define a scientific discipline at a particular period of time. (Thomas Kuhn)
-what is to be observed and scrutinized
-kind of questions asked and probed for answers in relation to the subject
-how the questions are structured
-how the results of investigation should be interpreted
social statics
why societies remain the same
social dynamics
why societies change
the ability to study and observe without distortion or bias, especially personal bias
people who use their agency to make choices based on their varied motivations
means we are able to perceive it through one of the five senses of sight, taste, touch, hearing, or smell
Descriptive studies
answer the questions of who, what, where, and when
Example: characteristics of a happy marriage
Casual studies
are undertaken to determine how one variable affects another, how and why
Ex: how does presence of characteristics influence happiness and a happy marriage
the group you are interested in researching
subset of the population
probability samples
each member of the population has a known chance of being selected
non probability
members are selected from the population in some nonrandom manner
random sampling
each member of the population has an equal chance of being selected
convenience sampling
is used when you don't have a list of everyone in your population so you choose participants because they are convenient to you.
quantitative data
data that is, or can be converted to, numbers
qualitative data
data that can't be converted to numbers; data that is about the quality of something
the study must actually test what you intended to test
the ability to repeat findings of a research study
research instruments designed to obtain information from individuals who belong to a larger group, organization, or society
surveys which collect opinions
cross sectional and longitudinal
surveys administered once, surveys administered two or more times
response rate
the percentage of people who complete your survey
results from the sample can be assumed to apply to the population as though the population itself had been studied
valid survey questions
questions that are accurate and measure what they claim they'll measure
reliable questions
questions that are relatively free from bias errors which might taint the findings
open ended questions
questions designed to get respondents to answer in their own words Example: How would you feel about a CSUN lacrosse team?
closed ended questions
questions designed to get respondents to choose from a list of responses you provide to them
Ex: Are you married? (Yes or No)
LIkert scale questions
statements which respondents are asked to agree or disagree with
Ex: "How much do you agree that the president is doing a good job of running the country?" Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Neither Agree nor Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree
demographic questions
questions which provide the basic categorical information about respondents such as age, sex, race, educational level, marital status, etc
Nominal level data
data with no standard numerical values
Ex: What is your favorite type of pet? __Reptile __Canine __Feline __Bird __Other
Ordinal level data
categories with an order to them
Ex: what class level are you? - Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or senior
Interval Level data
categories with an order, but we add standard numerical values with regular intervals
Ex: measuring height with 8 inches in between each one (5 foot 3, 5 foot 11)
Ratio level data
adds a real zero starting point for the numerical values
Ex: The US overall has more females than males (97.1 males per 100 females).
variables and attributes
sex is the variable, male and female are attributes or choices.
Dependent variable
change in response to the influence of independent variables; they depend upon the independent variables
Ex: happiness in a marriage
Independent variables
are variables that when manipulated will stimulate a change upon the dependent variables
Ex: possession of characteristics of a happy marriage
the arithmetic score of all the numbers divided by the total number of students
the exact mid-point value in the ordered list of scores
the number which occurs most often
extreme values or outliers
the especially low or high number in the series
Ex: in 4, 5, 5, 8, it would be 8
are standards of what is right and wrong
Unobtrusive research
market research to field research
Field research
(i hope i got this right) Drug use
Observer- you are observing a drug deal
Observer as participant- you are buying drugs from the dealer
Participant as observer- you are the dealer dealing the drugs
Participant- you are doing the drugs
Quantitative methods
-empirical data from large groups
-data by closed ended surveys and questionnaires
-consistent statistics in colossal numbers
Qualitative methods
-collects data directly from participants, random and non random sampling
-in depth interviews and open ended surveys
-profound insight and comprehension- analytical results
-shared values, norms, symbols, language, objects, and way of life that is passed on from one generation to the next
-Your operating system
-"the good, bad and ugly"
-what we learn from our parents, family, friends, peers, and schools. It is shared rather than biologically determined
the tendency to judge others based on our own experiences and cultural standards
culture shock
the disoriented feeling which occurs in the context of being in a new culture
cultural relativism
the tendency to look for the cultural context in which differences in cultures occur. Respect and appreciate cultures if only from spectators point of view.
a broad generalization about individuals based solely on group affiliation
defined standards of what is good, bad, desirable, or undesirable for ourselves and others.
-shared expectations or rules of behavior
-what are normal in a given social circumstance
Ex: Nude beaches in France is a norm. Nude student at CSUN is not.
a traditional or customary norm governing everyday social behaviours but lack moral overtones.
Ex: how we eat, greetings, clothing, rules of politeness
deeply held, informal norms that are strictly enforced by a moral code.
Ex: a strongly held belief against sexual exploitation of women and children; respect for religious edifices; abstaining from using street drugs
are codified norms or written and recorded norms from which the behavior of society's members can be judged
prescriptive laws
laws that state what must be done
Ex: to set up a business and not get into trouble with the IRS
proscriptive laws
laws that state what is prohibited
Ex:murder, rape, steal
negative sanction
a punishment or negative reaction toward breaking codified norms (laws).
Ex: Jail, fines, penalties
a complex set of symbols which allow us to communicate verbally, nonverbally, and in written form.
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis
claims that when we learn a language, we also learn a framework for understanding and interpreting our social reality and environment.
mainstream culture
the culture shared by the dominant groups, coinciding with the culture shared in the main social institutions (government, education, religion, family, technology, media, and the economy)
sub culture
one in which groups which have different folkways, morés, and norms exist within but are not completely a part of the larger society
Ex: the Amish
counter culture
occurs when a group's values, norms, and beliefs are in conflict or opposition to those of the larger society and mainstream culture.
Ex: charles manson cult
cultural diffusion
when certain aspects of one culture are spread to another culture
Ex: salsa becoming popular in the U.S. from Spanish nations
Ex: clothing, music, cars. movies
cultural leveling
the process in which cultures of the world become similar
Ex: currently don't have a mainstream culture but oil could be one
Melting Pot Theory
an ideology which suggested that all the diverse people coming to the US as immigrants would blend biologically and culturally in order to form a new unique breed of "Americans." does NOT happen BS
the process by which immigrant people adjust and adapt their way of life to the host culture.
the process by which people from different cultures are acculturated and ultimately absorbed into the mainstream culture
forced assimilation
where those in power in the mainstream refuse to allow immigrants to maintain their various cultures
permissible assimilation
permits newcomers to adapt to the mainstream culture naturally.
the tendency for adult immigrants to be rendered powerless in comparison to native-born adults because they live as half citizens not fully capable of realizing the individual opportunities often found available to average native-born adults
cultural universals
certain aspects of cultures which are found among peoples of all cultures throughout the world
Ex:biological: breathing, eating, sleeping, drinking, having sex, and remaining safe
social: coming of age ceremonies, marriage, education
claims that human behavior is the result of natural selection
cultural lag
the process whereby one part of culture changes faster than another part to which it is related.
uncontacted tribe
a native tribe, typically a small group of people, living in a remote and isolated place, who have not yet had contact with members of a technologically advanced society.
a reaction to a behavior (positive, negative, formal, informal (gossip)
a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs
real norms
factual, how society really defines normal
ideal norms
what everyone would like the norms to be. The fantasy of normal.
a strong social prohibition (or ban) relating to any area of human activity or social custom that is sacred and forbidden based on moral judgment and religious beliefs
is close and often long-term interaction between different biological species
status in society
our relative social position within a group
role in society
the part our society expects us to play in a given status
cultural isolation
A subculture's relative lack of participation in, or communication with, the larger cultural system -- can be internally or externally imposed.
Ex: A group in High School sitting by themselves at lunch away from the main parts of school.