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Sociology
Course
SOC 100
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Semester
Fall

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Soc ­ Lecture 11/07/2013 Class and Symbolic Interaction In Education “Making It by Faking It: Working­Class Students in an Elite Academic Environment” (Granfield) 1) Feeling out of place – stigma, lack of confidence (“hidden injuries of class”),  element of shame 2) Faking it – disengage from previous identity by concealing class backgrounds  (imitating upper class students, wear difference clothes) 3) Ambivalence  4) Resolving Ambivalence – either never quite getting to upper class – distance from  that class, or cutting ties with working class Institution of education – a lot of interaction going on, more than just the curriculum Focus on class and working­class students Elite students have cultural capital Stigma – undesired difference Symbolic interactionism These students have an identity conflict About how social interactions regarding identity play out in certain institutional settings Unit 4: Social Institutions: The Organization of Social Life Work/Economy Marx & Engels “The Communist Manifesto” Eglisitis “The Uses of Global Poverty” & ___ The Economy Common Sense: The economy is a natural product of the economic activities, initiative, and hard windividuals  acting  in a free market (unencumbered by social structures and institutions)   One social function of the economy is to be the great equalizer and facilitate social mobility. It provides  equal opportunity, rewards initiative, and punishes laziness. Sociological Perspective: The economy is a complex social domain made up of multiple, overlapping institutions, in which there is a  back­and­forth between structural constraints and individual agency.  The purpose of capitalist economies is first and foremost the accumulation of capital. Not only is the welfare  of ordinary people not a priority; but the system actuallybenefits  from the perpetuation of social  inequalities. THE ECONOMY (institutions) the stock market banking/finance industry retail business the government agriculture etc. Minute Paper Writing questions: Thinking about the intersection of personal biography and structural history (a la Mills),  how has your own personal trajectory been affected by the Great Recession of 2009?
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