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Sociology
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SOCB43H3
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Dan Silver

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SOCB43 Classic Sociological Theory
The Science of the Social
Theory: intellectual work that does one of three things:
-Can be doing theory if it claims to be general vs. particular
-If what you are doing is said to be abstract vs. empirical
-It can be contemplative vs. practicality
Last semester:
-Marx had a general theory of why capitalism affects workers everywhere.
-Smith had a lot of data on trade patterns and created abstract laws to help people
understand what was going on (supply, demand, comparative advantage)
-Tocqueville tried to understand democratic society and how it brings about changes.
Classic:
-Cultural products that last, endure
-Still have significance after they are created. Provides something for people to come back
to
-Greatest classics speak to large volumes of people (religious books, people of
importance)
Last semester:
-Read modern classics of a whole
-Smith was also an economist, political scientist, sociologist
-Inspired by social changes, how and why they changed; changes were sometimes
unsettling
-Many sociologists are driven by an ongoing trend
Rationalization (Weber)
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SOCB43 Classic Sociological Theory The Science of the Social Theory: intellectual work that does one of three things: - Can be doing theory if it claims to be general vs. particular - If what you are doing is said to be abstract vs. empirical - It can be contemplative vs. practicality Last semester: - Marx had a general theory of why capitalism affects workers everywhere. - Smith had a lot of data on trade patterns and created abstract laws to help people understand what was going on (supply, demand, comparative advantage) - Tocqueville tried to understand democratic society and how it brings about chan
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