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SOCIOL 1A06- Final Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 42 pages long!)Premium

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Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOCIOL 1A06
Professor
Sandra Colavecchi
Study Guide
Final

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McMaster
SOCIOL 1A06
FINAL EXAM
STUDY GUIDE
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The Sociological Imagination
C. Wright Mills 1959!
Sociological Imagination: Ability to connect own individual experiences with a bigger social
issue or problem / to a broader social context. Ex. Not being the only one going through
something - can be unemployment, divorce, etc. !
Since its a lot of people unemployed, its not a personality problem, it’s more likely to be a
social problem. !
Reasons for increase in divorce :
People living longer!
Declining stigma!
Increasing secularism - people moving away from religions and not conforming to the married
life!
Women’s labour force participation - gives more women financial security independent from a
husband!
Higher expectations !
Shifting ideas about gender!
Inadequate supports for working partners !
Gender diversity !
Sociological theories
Order theories: supports status-quo!
Change theories: social change!
Macro-sociology: society shapes us. Perspective= Everything has a plan and this is how it
runs. !
Micro-sociology: we make society. Perspective= We decide what this course is going to be
depending on how we interact with each other. !
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Structural Functionalism: !
Analogy to the human body- 1 part of body has broken down, they're all interrelated as society
is. Society has many parts and if one part breaks down, it aects how all of society works. !
Theories- !
Order theory!
Macro level!
Stability/ equilibrium !
Consensus!
Conflict perspective: !
Social class inequality. Under capitalism theres a basic division between working and ruling/
owning (of companies) class. The work of Karl Marx's is important in this theory. We all need
class consciousness. !
Change theory !
Macro level!
Symbolic Interactionism
Says society is an ongoing creation. Verbal and nonverbal (body language and symbols).
Interactions create society. !
Interpersonal communication!
Subjectivity !
Feminist Theory
Equality and Equity of the sexes. !
- Historically there has not been equality for women in a number of social
institutions. Stems from the surage and women’s liberation movements, and
more recently issues such as reproductive rights and workplace equality. !
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