Fox 1 Lecture 1
Wednesday September 18, 2013
Introduction to Sociological Social Psychology
What is sociological social psychology?
Relationship that individuals have with each other
Death & Dying
Sociological social psychology is:
The examination of individuals, their interactions and their relationships with
This is a micro sociological approach
Can you explain the difference between macro and microsociology?
Micro: individuals (more focus on this than macro)
Interested in the reciprocal and reflexive relationship between:
o How society, social structure and social conditions impact individuals’,
their interactions and meanings (including emotions, behaviors and
relationships) and visa versa
What is the difference between sociological and psychological approaches to social
Sociological social psychology, as noted earlier, is interested in the reciprocal
relationship between individuals, their interactions and their relationships with
Psychological social psychology is interested in internal processes such as
An example: How would each group explain joining a gang?
Why is a sociological approach to social psychology important?
Uses key sociological concepts to help us understand the complex relationship
between individuals and society Fox 2 Lecture 1
I. Sociological Imagination:
o “The sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the
larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the
external career of a variety of individuals” (Mills, 1959:5)
o Example: parades: representation of society that show different roles (ex:
II. Social Norms & Values
o Social norms are “behavior guidelines-the rules that regulate our
behavior in relationships” (Rohall et al., 2014:18)
o Example: Unusual shopping trip (taking things out of peoples carts is