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SOC-R 100 Lecture 1: Sociology Chapter One Notes

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Sociology SOC-R 100
Glenna Simons

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Sociology: Chapter One 1. The Sociological Imagination a. Why Focus on Globalization and Glocalization? i. Globalization: everincreasing flow of goods, services, money, people, technology, information, and other cultural items across the national borders 1. Becoming more dense and fast moving ii. Glocalization: the process by which a locality embraces, adapts to, or resists a product, an idea, or a way of behaving that have come to them in the crossnational flow. Also, it is the process of which something unique to a locality is launched on a path toward globalization iii. Glob and Gloc are intertwined because glob always involves a series of countless glocalizations. b. Sociology: the scientific study of human activity in society i. Sociologists study ageold human activities such as: 1. People searching for work 2. Securing food 3. Adorning the body 4. Competing for some desired outcome 5. Celebrating 6. Consuming ii. Social Forces: include anything humans create that influences or pressures people to behave, respond, or think in certain ways. 1. Technologies like smart phones 2. Shared ideals such as freedom of speech 3. Established practices such as 8hour work days 4. Manufactured products 5. Revolutionary figures 6. TV shows 7. Social movements 8. Processes like globalization and glocalization 2. The Sociological Imagination a. The quality of mind that allows people to grasp how remote and impersonal social forces shape their life story or biography b. Biography: consists of all the day to day activities from birth to death that make up a persons life i. Biographies are shaped largely by remote and impersonal social forces 1. Considered remote when people are impacted by them had no hand in creating them (example: smartphones) 2. People can embrace social forces, challenge them or be swept along or bypassed by them c. Troubles and Issues
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