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SOC 281 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Social Exchange Theory, Feminist Theory, World View

2 pages87 viewsSpring 2018

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC 281
Professor
Wentling
Lecture
1

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9/1/16
Chapter 1-
Sociology of the family-
Sociological Basics:
1) Culture
a) Like “apps” on smartphones
b) Use to function in society and of useful things
2) Socialization
a) Installation of cultural software
3) Most formative socialization agent
a) Family
Social Norms- The informal rules, based on values, that guide what people do and how they
live.
Social Structure-
Agency: Enduring and regular social arrangements that guide or force human behavior.
Social Status- Social positions you hold in your life- often positions within social institutions.
Ascribed Social Status- Something you’re born with, given to you
Gender, racial status, class, age
Achieved Social Status
What an individual worked for
Causation- When one factor causes something
Correlation- Two or more things having a relationship
Social Role- How are you expected to behave given your social status
FAMILIES ARE WHAT WE THINK THEY ARE!
Defining Families-
We are bound legally and emotionally. As we occupy status, we learn according to
status what our role is.
Groups of related people, bound by connections that are biological or legal.
Family Authority-
Informal: Older grandparents, parents, older siblings
Formal: Divorced, underage, marriage, armed forces, emancipate, CPS
Ways government control families: Marriage, Birth Certificates
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