Sociology Sept. 12
c. wright mills
3elements of sociology:
A systematic study of social life
A variety of concepts, theories and research methods
The body of knowledge resulting from this study
sociology provides a useful way to understand our current predicament and how to see
possible ways of dealing with it. Ex why men don’t wear skirts
See general social patterns in behaviors of particular individuals
Ex homeless person. We think, get a job, they made their own choices or that we just
think its their individual fault. Sociology thinks theres more than that to it and would look
at patterns, like who is more at risk of being homeless ex: a majority of them are in the
lgbt (lesbian gay by tranny) community. Theres something more than individual
choice……. Is it the fact that lgbt people are often discriminated against still? Theywould
look at families and how they support their gay youth and all of this is part of the answer
to why there is this pattern.
Things that make you go hmmmm?
See strange in the familiar
Farming, teaching, parenting> crucial to our society
Kardashians? What do they do for society.
The way we organize our society makes sense in many ways until we try and start to
break it down. The fact that the Kardashians make so much per show but then teachers
make 60000 per year who are teaching our youth.
Does this mean we vaule violence, sports, celebrity’s, gossip?
Its strange how we prioritize what we give our money to and what it is that we are paying
people a great deal of money to do.