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SOC 103 Ch.1 - Sociological Perspective

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SOC 103
Terry Roswell

SOC 103 Ch1Sociological PerspectiveWhat is sociologyScience of societywhy do we behave in a certain situationis difficult to define and it is eaiser to explain what sociology does involves looking for and looking at social patterns in social variables institutions and interactionsCWright Mills coined the term sociological imaginationIntroduction to sociology Sees humans as social beings Most of our lives we interact with others and live in groups performing social roles production exchange Small groups engage in direct facetoface interactions Sociologists notice social patterns they recognize that our personal exp Are affected by our class age gender etc Sociological research enables us to discuss social issues in an informed and critical manner Sociology as a DisciplineSociology is a social scienceit shares common interests with other social sciences such as psychology anthro political science however it does distinguish itself from other disciplines Difference between sociology and other Disciplines How would psychology and sociology contrast in how they might lookhockeyPsychologylooks at the individual and soclooks at the whole team How might history and sociology contrast in how they might look at suicideHistoryreligious insight and socliving conditions social class The sociological Perspectiveand familiarSeeing the strange giving up the idea that human behaviour is simply a matter of what people decide to dounderstanding that society shapes our decisions Seeing individuality in social contextemile durkheims research on suicide showed that society affects even our most personal choicesmore likely to commit suicide males wealthy unmarriedless likely to commit suicide females jews poor Emile Durkihiem Types of Suicideegoistic suicide due to lack of social integration individualism and egoismanomic suicide due to sudden change mainly economic bust or boomaltruistic suicide appears in traditional societies due to excessive social regulation
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