SOC 106 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: The Sociological Imagination

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Published on 26 Jan 2017
School
ISU
Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 106
Soc 106 Lecture #1
The Sociological Prospective// Imagination
Sociology and the traffic jam:
-The further we go up, the better view we have to look at what is going on.
- Our goal is to look at our own lives as we are looking at them from above.
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Sociology: The systematic study of human society and social behavior, from large-scale
institutions and mass culture to small groups and individual interactions.
Key elements/ tenants of sociology
1. Society creates reality.
-every society will create its own reality.
-Us: more education means more $ you think you are entitled to earn.
- It’s a way we sanction inequality.
2. We can study society scientifically
3. Cultures differ across time & space.
4. Individuals and society are inseparable
5. Institutions are inherently conservative
-Marriage
- Politics
6. Social life is dynamic.
Social imagination: The ability to connect individual lives to the historical forces that
shape them.
“a quality of mind that will help (people) use info and develop reason in order to
achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and what may be
happening within themselves” (C. Wright Miller)
“The sociological imagination enables us to grasp biography and history and the
relations between the two in society” (Mills)
“Personal troubles of the milieu”
- I can’t find a job because of my major. I should have changed it to something
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The further we go up, the better view we have to look at what is going on. Our goal is to look at our own lives as we are looking at them from above. Sociology: the systematic study of human society and social behavior, from large-scale institutions and mass culture to small groups and individual interactions. Key elements/ tenants of sociology: society creates reality, we can study society scientifically, cultures differ across time & space, individuals and society are inseparable. Us: more education means more $ you think you are entitled to earn. It"s a way we sanction inequality: institutions are inherently conservative. A quality of mind that will help (people) use info and develop reason in order to. Social imagination: the ability to connect individual lives to the historical forces that shape them. achieve lucid summations of what is going on in the world and what may be happening within themselves (c. wright miller)