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SOC201H1 Lecture Notes - Georg Simmel, Kai T. Erikson, Buffalo Creek Flood


Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC201H1
Professor
J.Veugelers

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Soc201h1- Classical Sociological Theory I: Community and Religion
Professor Veugelers
September-12-11
Thinkers:
Alexis de Tocqueville (French) 1805-1859
Karl Marx (German) 1818-1917
Emile Durkheim (French) 1858-1917
(Georg Simmel (German) 1858-1918) *optional*
Max Weber (German) 1864-1920
Get: Course Reader Package for this course
Journal: The journal of classical theories (online U of T)
Reading:
1. Skim (keep course theme in mind; focus on introduction and conclusion for signs of the
thesis- the main argument)
2. Recall (from memory, dot down initial idea of thesis and main supporting argument(s))
3. Reread with course theme in mind
4. Check initial idea of thesis and arguments
5. Summarize thesis, logic of arugment
6. Reflect upon: relevance to the course; implications of thesis: problems with thesis/arguemtn;
comparison with other thinkers
Community
Everything in Its Path: Destruction of Community in the Buffalo Creek Flood
By Kai T. Erikson
1. The Buffalo Creek Disaster
2. Kai Erikson’s involvement
3. Community= having “neighbours”
4. Loss of community: (Symptoms)
Low morale-sadness
Immorality-drinking
Disorientation-feeling lost
Disconnection-feeling lonely, relations became poor
Illness and identity-self weakened
Insecurity-fear
5. The Buffalo Creek Disaster as a metaphor for modern society
In 1972, 5000 habitants in buffalo creek
Buffalo Creek Disaster Flooding
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