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Lecture 2

SOCI 100 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Social Forces

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SOCI 100
Chris Mac Kenzie

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-Sociology is the study of the obvious and the uncovering of
inconvenient facts
-Sociology is in the business of myth busting
-Things are not what they seem
-We focus on the exception as the example
-The exception is not the norm
There are regular and observable patterns in human social life:
-If you are attending a Canadian university, your classmates probably
come from families in the upper half of the income ladder
-If you attend a community college, classmates probably come from
more modest means
-90% of people believe in marriage, most people marry at some point,
half by the time they are thirty. 40-50% of those will divorce
-With a bachelor’s degree, you ill earn 25% more than if you have a
college diploma
There are regular and observable patterns in human life
Frameworks of beliefs and rituals shape these patterns
Sociologists call these patterns and frameworks social structures
-Hard Work
-Money/Wealth = Power/Success
Sociology wants to understand:
1) How these patterns or social forces come into existence
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