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Lecture 5

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Sheldon Ungar

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Lecture 5 – The Problem of Order
Orienting Questions for the Lecture:
1. How is society possibly?
2. Is society orderly—or not?
-Social cohesion vs. torn social fabric
e.g. Hamburg, Germany: Turks almost completely separate from German population. They came to work
temporarily but stayed there for almost 3 generations, some of them dont even know German!
e.g. Miami, US: Latino population vs. Anglo-Saxon population. Big Cuban population, some of them
don’t even know English.
-Refugees, wars – not orderly
1.Iraq and the war
The country has been conquered more than 15 times. Its been built from ground up more than once.
Sadam Hussein invaded Kuwait. His troops invaded museums, burnt libraries, stripped palaces of marble
and valuables. When he realized he was going to lose the war he let prisoners out of jail to create chaos
Quote: Iraq would have been better off if the US had invaded it and the Germans controlled it
What you do during war, which US didnt, is:
-Impose curfew (shoot people on site if they go out after a certain time)
-Protect public buildings (shoot looters on site)
-Set up tribunals
-Held in check by military force
-Totalitarian order
-Disband army vs. selective purge
-Destroyed infrastructure
-Social fabric rips apart
Numbers in comparison
200 000 – 400 000 people killed in Iraq since 2003
1,000,000 people killed per month at peak during WWII
Natural disasters create social disorder
e.g. Monsoon, hurricane (Katrina)
Oka, Canada (just outside Montreal): Aboriginal vs. Canadians demonstrations
During big riots you know you are in problem when policemen cover their badges
Problem of Social Control:
-How to get people to conform? Rather than deviate
Threats to Social Order: (Can go under different names):
1. Egotism
2. Inequality
3. Meaninglessness
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