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SOC232 Lec 1 - Jan 3 ‘11:
•Lemert: how humans/social beings making sense of the world around them, looking
at hidden aspects in parts of our everyday life
•About principles of pertinence to everyday situation, ideas relevant to given
•Enlightenment: reasoning/rationality prevails
•a lot of theory emerges during political structure, modern state, and law, shift from
traditional to modern
•Weber: talks about modernity as transition to rationalism
•Durkheim: division of labour
•A lot of questioning of ideas because came from white men – may not apply to
blacks, colonized whites, females
•Theory arises from social disruption trying to figure out what’s going on – eg.
•Classical theory (before 1920’s) left behind in a sense and changed
•Calling theory classical or modern means we have a connection with theorist –
modern theory, trying to make sense of the modern world we are living in
•Changing ideas about how state and economy should relate – eg. what state should
or not do to stimulate economy? Communism work? Where? End of cold war = end of
history, lot of ideas and changes that pulls us together that theorist talks about
Key ideas to help with readings:
•What’s the main point theorist trying to make?
•What are the key passages/quotes in the text that underpin key principles? Will help
with paper and test
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