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Lecture 1

SOC656 Lecture 1: Lecture 1


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 656
Professor
Janna Eggebeen
Lecture
1

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SOC656
WK 1
What is Sociology
oThe study of society (grouping of people)
oStudies the interplay between agency (ability of individual
to act) and structure (social limits)
Ability as individuals to act are limited by society
oConnection or interplay between individual and things that
structure their behaviors
oAll the methodologies tend to emphasize either agency or
structure
oIs an academic discipline (social science, humanities)
o“soft” science or human science, it can be
emergent in its procedures and criteria rather than
"xed and measurable
inductive rather than deductive
idiographic(makes a picture, research that creates
description, often speci"c description) rather than
nomothetic (looks to establish rules or laws,
interpretive rather than causal
Fashion and Sociology
Do clothes make us human?
oonly species that has dress
ointegral, one of only things that humans do speci"cally
oAbraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Human Needs, 1943
Self-actualization
Esteem
Social
Safety
Physiological
Social Functions of Dress
Hierarchy
Authority & rank
Modesty
Ceremonial dress uniforms
Well groomed, upper class
Visual representations of religions, cultures, and ethnicity
Age appropriate
Review of Sociological Theory
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