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SOAN 2111 Lecture Notes - Alternative Hypothesis

Sociology and Anthropology
Course Code
SOAN 2111
Linda Hunter

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September 17, 2012 - SOAN 2111/2
Practical Application of Interpretive Theory
- technology and cybernetic information
- interpretive theory and communication is it liberating or isolating?
o People have lost ability to communicate with each other
o Technology can bring people together or separate people
o Sometimes people open up online it can also be very filtered no
facial expressions, etc.
o What is private becomes public
o Internet users overtime lost a sense of family relationships
o Increase in loneliness and increase in depression
- How do we “read” each other?
- Displacement theory
o Being removed from something being online is asocial and competes
with face-to-face social time
Location and timing of internet use that determines how
interpersonal relations are affected leads to possibly more
better social relationships online and establishing new
relationships through internet relations internet use is often
taken at the expense of other activities
o Sociability and social interaction internet transformed social
o Internet has created shift in time allocation
o More time at the screen less time you have for interacting directly
o Displacement model time on one activity cannot be spent on another
o Alternative hypothesis : additional technology coordinating social
activities efficiency hypothesis makes time for other activities
available internet makes time more efficient
o Both sides of debate had some positive things but did reveal that
heavy internet users spend less time with friends, family, getting out,
o Another study in defense of internet said it could reduce shyness and
can leave to greater communication
Critical theory
- the study of society that focuses on the need for social change
o ask moral and political questions
o for Marx the point is not to study the world as it is, but to change it
value judgements about society critical theorists reject goals
that sociologists (some) adhere to
o seek to change not only society but the character research itself
working from bottom up
hearing what people from that community want to do to
change it for the better
social movements, international studies
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