SOAN 2120 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Symbolic Interactionism, Class Conflict, Proletariat

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We study how the environment influences individuals as people. We generate theories and then try to evaluate them. Foundations of social thought are marx (conflict theory), weber (symbolic. Main idea is that there is conflict between competing groups. This conflict is the driving force of society. The groups are the wealthy (bourgeoisie), and the workers (proletariat) Equality of result means that everyone should be equal if we want to end the class struggle. Main idea is that if something exists in society, it serves a purpose. Laws, rules, and regulations serve a function in society. There is a consensus as to what is functional and if it is not, it is discarded. Equality of opportunity is the idea that if we want everyone to succeed, everyone needs to (cid:396)e(cid:272)ei(cid:448)e the sa(cid:373)e oppo(cid:396)tu(cid:374)it(cid:455) ((cid:271)ut does(cid:374)"t necessarily need to reach the same level of success in the end) Do(cid:374)"t (cid:272)o(cid:374)(cid:272)e(cid:396)(cid:374) the(cid:373)sel(cid:448)es (cid:449)ith the de(cid:271)ate (cid:271)et(cid:449)ee(cid:374) e(cid:395)ualit(cid:455) of oppo(cid:396)tu(cid:374)it(cid:455) a(cid:374)d equality of result.

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