Sociology 2234E Lecture Notes - Lecture 7: The Emotions

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
School
Western University
Department
Sociology
Course
Sociology 2234E
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Lecture 7
Aligning actions
Social interaction is based on assumptions of appropriate and expected behaviors
What happens when this is transgressed?
Aligning actions: largely verbal efforts to create an alignment between the
substance of a social interaction and the selves involved and the culture they
share. - Get things back on track.
Motive Talk
Part of everyday life
To ask someone of their motives is to implicitly state that what they did was
inappropriate. Requiring on explanation: the question is why? Example Why did
you skip class?
Vocabulary of Motives
People learn to use certain words to describe their acts depending on:
a) Specific situation
b) Specific audience.
Tailor their explanation/ motive talk
Hewitt “people learn that in a given situation their choices of conduct and motives are
limited by what others will treat as legitimate.
Compartmentalization of motives in different spheres: what constitutes a valid
explanation for one event may not be for another.
Disclaimers
A way of verbally protecting yourself from the implications of what you were/ are
saying “I’m not sexist but...”
Role taking at work: we know how we will be typified and we overcome it in advance.
A prospective at in which you anticipate a question about your conduct.
Accounts
A form of explanation after the fact either an excuse or justification
You are giving an account of events
In court explain your actions or being late for an appointment
Excuses
Relieve ourselves of responsibility if we were negligent (ex arriving late)
Effectiveness of the account makes for better outcome. You want things to be
smoothed over “social lubricant.
Justification
Occur when we do take responsibility and we give an account for why our actions
were valid
Allows us to avoid harsh reactions from others. Try to maintain our “good
identity”
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Social interaction is based on assumptions of appropriate and expected behaviors. Aligning actions: largely verbal efforts to create an alignment between the substance of a social interaction and the selves involved and the culture they share. To ask someone of their motives is to implicitly state that what they did was inappropriate. People learn to use certain words to describe their acts depending on: Hewitt people learn that in a given situation their choices of conduct and motives are limited by what others will treat as legitimate. Compartmentalization of motives in different spheres: what constitutes a valid explanation for one event may not be for another. A way of verbally protecting yourself from the implications of what you were/ are saying i"m not sexist but . Role taking at work: we know how we will be typified and we overcome it in advance. A prospective at in which you anticipate a question about your conduct.

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