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SOCI 1002
Kathleen Moss

SOCI 1002 E Welcome to Sociology • Sociology is an elastic discipline that shares some elements in common with many other fields. • Includes history, philosophy, and psychology. • Gender creates opportunities to engage differently. • At the heart of sociology, there is a special point of view called the socio-logical perspective. • Sociological perspective as seeing the general in the particular. By this we mean that sociologists identify general patterns in the behavior of particular individuals. • While acknowledging that each individual is unique, sociologists recognize that society acts differently on various categories of people (say, children compared to adults, women versus men, the rich as opposed to the poor) • We think sociologically when we realize how the general categories into which we happen to fall shape our particular life experiences. • The sociological perspective stresses the social contexts in which people live and how these contexts influence their lives. At the core of this perspective is the sociological imagination, a term coined by C. Wright Mills (1959). • The sociological imagination is a sociological vision – a way of looking at the world. • At the center of the sociological perspective is the question of how people are influenced by their society – the group of people with whom they share a culture and territory. • To find
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