Sociology 2140 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: The Sociological Imagination, Microsociology, Macrosociology

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Sociology: systematic study of human society and social interaction using scienti c techniques. Sociologists develop theories on: how behaviour is shaped by group life, how group life is a ected by individuals. Sociologists are interested in knowing what is really going on behind the scenes. Central theme: we are not alone, all of us are deeply intertwined with the reality of all nations in the world. Seeing the broader social context: wright mills (1959) The sociological imagination or perspective enables us to grasp the connection between history and biography . It gives us the ability to see the relationship between individual experiences and the larger society . Networks of people one associated with on a regular bases. Macrosociology: examines and interprets large scale force that in uence people"s conduct in public and private spaces. Microsociology: emphasis is placed on social interaction or what people do when they come together.

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