SOC388H1 Lecture Notes - Francis Bacon, Edmund Husserl

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17 Nov 2011
March 31 st
SOC388H1 (Final Lecture)
As social beings, we respond to our interpretations of situations – not the situation
What you experience, think, feel, in your everyday life is not usually about you; it has
broader social-structural origins.
How you make sense of these has to do with many different things – your gender,
sexuality, race, class, body, ability, culture, language etc.
Everything we read has been socially produced.
CLICHES (focus on this meaningless all-caps word rather than over thinking what you
are doing.
One of the ways we are reproduced is through paperwork e.g. surveys.
When you are surveyed, the results obtained are not usually the same as the results given
How many libraries are at Uoft? 60+
“Knowledge is power’ – Sir Francis Bacon (Philosopher)
Can any of us think outside the box? The box can represent the norms in society. The
question has to do with if you can interpret or carry out a certain social role in your own
Sociological imagination: A way of thinking; according to mills, it’s a “quality of mind”,
the personal is political.
Everyday life is not about theories or methods. It is micro versus the dominant macro
approach of 1900s sociology.
Qualitative methods
The principle of meaning is central to understanding human behaviour. It’s about how
you make it mean something to you; not what it means to you. Husserl is linked to
this when he says experience is knowledge.
- Focus on Gieryn’s article; know the main points of other articles.
- About 75% lecture based
- True/False (15 questions); fill-in-the blanks (20points); SA (15points)
* She mentions breaching experiments a lot!!
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