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Lecture #1 The Sociological Imagination - translate personal troubles into public issues - understand how life chances are affected by broader social forces Examples - cancer - unemployment - date rape - Intersection of three variables 1. History 2. Social Structure - where you were born in structure of society - class? rich/poor - race - gender 3. Biography (of individual) - time we’re born - health: genetic inheritance - energy level Concept - cohort: - set of people born at the same time - experience similar things at the same age - especially teen years History: Most Famous Cohort? - Baby Boom - MTV generation - generation x - 20 something - know nothing - generation with PR problem - i.e. antagonistic terms 2 major differences betwe
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