SOC101Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Protestant Work Ethic, Erving Goffman, Historical Sociology

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12 Jan 2013
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Last week follow up move from their institutionalist analysis to macro perspective of meyer. B&t focus on how people make sense of the world in addition to providing criticism. Criticisms and possible limitations of b&t criticisms: lack of power in theorizing and heavy. Institutions as cultural settings and justifications endowment of rationality on the individual. When talking about their justifications, they are talking about history and law, in light of past experiences and content. With the example of a social movement drawing upon examples of people struggling to achieve rights and eventually succeed, in an oppressed situation you can draw on precedents such as law to justify. Use law to justify case and progress in social movement. Through individual disputes which may come together to form movement. They do not make the rational choice-theorist justifications but rather ex post justification of action and legitimation of certain types of action.

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