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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC231H5
Professor
Zaheer Baber
Semester
Winter

Description
Recap From Last LectureStructureAgency IssueSTRUCTUREsociologically IT REFERS TO THOSE NETWORKS OF SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS WHICH CONSTRAIN OR ALLOW CERTAIN TYPES OF BEHAVIOURThe social structure allows for certain kinds of constraints allows you to make decisions within certain boundariesCurrent structure CAPITALISMthis structure conditions our behaviour and social institutionsWithin the structure AGENCY COMES INTO PLAYAGENCYINTENTIONAL ACTIVITYWithin a structure WE HAVE DIFFERENT OPTIONS FOR AGENCYThe structure does not completely determine our behaviourSo people have some degree of agency within any social structureConstant tension between structureagencySome leewaybut also limitsIe A UNIVERSITY AS A STRUCTURE constrains behaviour of the people in this structure ie must be quiet while in lecturelibrary must act according to rules of conductMarx on StructureAgencyMen make history but they do not make it just as they please they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves but under circumstances directly encountered given and transmitted from the past circumstances make men as much as men make circumstancesSOCIETY IS ABOUT THE CONSTANT TENSION BETWEEN STRUCTURE AND AGENCYHistorical MaterialismWAY OF UNDERSTANDING HOW SOCIETIES HAVE CHANGED OVER TIMENOT a formula for predicting the future
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