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Sociology and Anthropology
SA 150
Amie Mc Lean

Lecture 2 – January 14th 2013-01-07 12:30 PM 4/18/2013 9:12:00 PM Common sense “the collection of prejudice acquired by the age 18” – Albert Einstein The Emperor’s New Clothes Naked emperor, magic cloth  can’t see if you are stupid Just because the whole believes something to be true, doesn’t mean that it is Issues of power are tied up in our everyday interactions Key concepts Norms Standards of behavior, generally accepted ways of doing things Expected to pay tickets, give up seats to elderly on the bus “Neither the life of the individual nor the history of society can be understood without understanding both” – C. Wright Mills Rosa Parks Boycotting for a year which lead to race segregation on the bus to be repealed Deviance Violation of social norms Social control Includes sanctions (can be rewards or punishments) Anomie A state of normlessness Suicide in Canada Durkheim: Why do people commit suicide? Personal problems and states of minds An individual’s likelihood to commit suicide is related to social solidarity: how integrated a person is into society Social factors: suicide and aboriginal communities Royal commission on aboriginal peoples Culture stress Historical context: colonialism Ethnocentrism Using the standards of your own culture to evaluate and judge another culture Ethnocentrism and academia Science = objectivity They will be unbiased Positi
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