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Sociology and Anthropology
SA 150
Amie Mc Lean

Lecture 3 – January 21st 2013-01-07 12:30 PM 4/18/2013 9:17:00 PM Seeing the general in the particular Coffee What kind of coffee? Where you buy it Social hierarchy/social class Taking something specific and drawing connections to things that are general and broader in society No matter how hard we try we cannot value neutral Socialization The social process whereby people undergo development by interacting with the people around them Sociology doesn’t assume determination from birth but rather use the evidence Don’t dismiss aka “its just natural” Nature vs. nurture Untangle human biology Nature: born that way Nurture: the way we are raised and having social interactions “We are born human. We become human through the process of social interaction” Brym Are babies blank slates or are our actions and thoughts pre-conditioned (genetics)? Feral children Living in isolation Victor (1797) Anna (1938) Genie (1970) Biological determination Prejudice and discrimination Slavery Racist pseudoscience given that African Americans are not human and actually different species (biologically) Eugenics Goal was to sterilize people that were unable to reproduce Reproduce more desired people and reduce people of less desired traits Aboriginals Poor Single women Eastern Europeans Sociobiology Implicated in racism and sexism Sociologists emphasize the importance of culture over biology Socialization Four major aspects of socialization: Family Often the most important Internalize our culture and find a social identity Nuclear family forms = socialization for children Family diversity Schooling Continue the socialization process Gender race and class Educating us with basic curriculum but it is also a transmission of cultural values (the hidden c
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