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Lecture 5

Lecture 5


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCA01H3
Professor
Sheldon Ungar
Lecture
5

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Thursday October 8, 2009 ± Lecture 5 Threats to Social Order
Today: Read BRYM Chapter 3, 4, 14, 21
Orienting Questions to the Lecture
-Iraq after the war
Before: Totalitarian, held in check by military force.
After: Disband army VS. Selective group, social fabric rips apart, destroy infrastructure.
-Is society orderly ± or not?
-Disorderly,
-Social cohesion vs. Torn social fabric.
Problems of Social Order
-How to get people to conform? Rather than deviate.
Threats to Social Order
1.Egotism
-Hobbes: Insatiable (greed) wants lead to force and fraud.
-Freud: Repress individual.
-Selfish Gene: Genes seek to maximize survival, rather, aggression maximizes it.
2.Inequality
-Superiors vs. Inferiors.
-Why do people tolerate so little?
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3.Meaningless
-Avoid breakdown reaction, anomie.
-Threats to sense of order: Suicide s(suicide boomers), mass murder, heresy.
Why Be Moral?
-Frederick Nietzsche
-The Superman: Lucid, rules and arbitrary.
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crime (Kidnapped Robby Frank and killed him, but due to glasses one dropped they got
caught)
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-Prudence:
-Weight/cost benefit.
-People commit crimes all the time
-Other Characteristics:
-Religion.
-Guilt.
-When You Get Caught:
-People tell on you.
-Ruin family reputation.
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