SOC 08221 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Social Disintegration, Social Integration, Anomie

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Definitions:
Social institutions- any set of persons, such as a family, economy, government, or religion,
cooperating for the purpose of organizing stable patterns of human activity.
Cohort- within a population, a group of individuals of similar age who share a particular
experience.
Demographic factors- social characteristics of a population, in particular those of race,
age, and gender.
Intersectionality- the ways in which several demographic factors- especially social class,
race, ethnicity, and gender- combine to effect people’s experiences.
Social Class- a category of people whose experience in life are determined by the amount
of income and wealth they own and control.
Sociology- the study of social behavior and human society
Social problem- a social condition, event, or pattern of behavior that negatively affects
the well-being of a significant number of people who believe the conditions, event, or
pattern needs to be changed.
Data sources- collection of information
Global perspective- a viewpoint from which we compare our own society to other
societies around the world.
Paradigms- theories that are very broad.
Capitalism- An economic system that includes the ownership of private property, the
making of financial profit, and the hiring of workers.
Capitalists- the economically dominant class that privately owns and controls human
labor, raw materials, land, tools, machinery, technologies, and factories
Social self- A process by which people are able to see themselves in relationship to others.
Looking glass self- the idea that we see ourselves as we think others see us.
Self-fulfilling prophecy- The social process whereby a false definition of a situation brings
about behavior that makes the false definition “come true”
Social integration- the unity or cohesiveness of society
Social disintegration- (opposite of social integration) which leads to the collapse of
society.
Theory- a collection of related concepts
Norms- social rules
Values- social beliefs
Dysfunctions- negative consequences of social structures or social institutions.
Social interaction- the communication that occurs between two or more people.
Anomie- a state of normlessness in society
Aspects of social problems
Objective aspects
Concrete measure of a problem and its prevalence
Studied using qualitative research
Examples: crime rates, population growth.
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