SOCA01H3 Lecture Notes - Symbolic Interactionism, Cultural Turn, American Middle Class
People with good ideas, attitudes, and values have good lives. The word voluntaristic comes from the latin word that means will. In this situation, people base their opinions on their own experiences or their friends and families. Aware that events are shaped by not only by individual agency, by also by cultures and social structures that cause, or even force, people to experience conditions they would rather avoid. Examples of social structures or conditions that people experience is poverty, geographic location, substance abuse, one"s class. That sociology is a study of social behaviour in human societies. Emphasis on agency, current in sociology of the 2000"s. Neoliberalism: political philosophy that promotes privitization, deregulation, and trade liberalization, as well as fiscal reforms to reduce social expense. In other words, to minimize government regulation and policies that affect people"s choice, unless it is for the benefit of all people. Rational-choice theory: it is very similar to opportunity cost.