SOCB44H3 Lecture Notes - Georg Simmel, Family Law, Barn Raising

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SOCB44: October 22, 2012
- readings for today’s class pp. 12-132
- readings for next week’s class: pp. 132 – 148
- next week to get the midterm?
- Assignment = DUE DECEMBER 3 (See handout)
Urban VS suburban now rather than rural VS urban before
- simmel? See below
1846 to 1921 - European tradition
- Nucleus for the American urban sociology
- Sociology was born in Europe?
- About societies in general not just cities
Sought to explain the great transformation wrought by urbanization and
industrialization
- marx, Durkheim, etc.
- urbanization and industrialization went hand in hand
- not really the case in the “south” or 3rd world countries
- Toennies ?
Gemeinschaft VS Gesellschaft
- 1887
- two contrasting social life
- gemeinschaft = community; new rural way of life
- gesellschaft = association; new urban way of life
- ^ ideal types
o taken real life examples and purify them to take them and associate
them with each other
o comparisons with each other used in sociology
o how are you? Gemeinschaft = someone will stop and ask you this VS
gesellschaft = two of you will pass by and ignore each other
‘What do you want?’
Gesellschaft
- selling you something, religion/solicitation, drugs and sex,
mental health patients, etc. most likely you are trying to get
away of them
- person is likely to be a stranger
unlike in Gemeinschaft being friendly
- it is the norm and it would be rude/anti-social if you ignore
them and
- you are likely to know the other person
- Gemeinschaft (GM) = sense of communalism
o responsibility to assist your neighbor and vice versa
e.g. barn raising VS insurance companies in gesellschaft
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Socb44: october 22, 2012 readings for today"s class pp. Assignment = due december 3 (see handout) About societies in general not just cities. Sought to explain the great transformation wrought by urbanization and industrialization. Urbanization and industrialization went hand in hand. Not really the case in the south or 3rd world countries. Gemeinschaft = community; new rural way of life. Gesellschaft = association; new urban way of life. Gemeinschaft = someone will stop and ask you this vs gesellschaft = two of you will pass by and ignore each other. Selling you something, religion/solicitation, drugs and sex, mental health patients, etc. Person is likely to be a stranger. It is the norm and it would be rude/anti-social if you ignore them and. You are likely to know the other person. Gemeinschaft (gm) = sense of communalism: responsibility to assist your neighbor and vice versa. E. g. barn raising vs insurance companies in gesellschaft.

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