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Sociology 2260A/B Lecture 2: soc 2260 jan12

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Sociology
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Sociology 2260A/B
Professor
Brenda Kobayashi

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Thursday, January 12, 2017 soc 2260 role of law - permeates all forms of social behaviour - governs entire existence and actions - skeleton that structures our economic, social, and political lives Sociology of Law - Why is law important? - Law: - plays a fundamental role in our society and in our lives - example: driving a car and laws surrounding that— we abide by the rules because we know it can affect others negatively and if we see others breaking law we can view them negatively. — our lives revolve around it in a way too etc etc - affects how we behave or don't behave - permeates all forms of social behaviour - governs entire existence and actions - the skeleton that structures our economic, social, and political lives - “In the world we live-the country we live in-almost nothing has more impact on our lives, nothing is more entangled with our everyday existence, than that something we call law.” (Friedman, 2004) - Why is it important to study law? • law incorporates values, ideologies, social institutions, norms, power relations and social processes—> law can be studied as a social process, instrumented by individuals during social interactions • understand how society works by examine the role law plays 1 Thursday, January 12, 2017 Obeying rules and laws - What motivates people to obey rules and laws? - threat of punishment (formal sanctions)\ - like jail time - dont want to violate the social norm (informal sanction) - being an outcast - risk of losing what you have - your social status, family, friends - feel obligated to obey law thats what youve been taught - taught how to act from young age - habit - seatbelt - illegal behaviour may harm Motivated to Obey Rules and Laws cont’d - Social order rests on people’s willingness to obey rules, laws, norms - Emile Durkheim
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