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SA 150 - Lecture 1 - Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Sociology
Sociologists - notice social patterns
Recognize that personal experiences affected by:
■ Class
■ Ethnicity
■ Gender
■ Age
Sexual orientation
Research enables social issues to be discussed in informed & critical manner
Allows perceptions to be challenged
E.g “all politics are corrupt”
Big Bro’s barbershop - community center for gender queer, place for them to get hair cut
without discrimination
Sociology as a Discipline
Nothing natural about boundaries between disciplines
Shares common interests with other social sciences
○ Psychology
○ Anthropology
○ Philosophy
Social work
○ Economics
Political science
Distinguishes itself from other disciplines through history, vocabulary, tools
Is an academic discipline
What is Sociology?
Difficult to define
“The systematic or scientific study of society
Why Study Sociology?
Useful to achieve greater understanding:
Social world
Social practices
■ Attitudes
■ institutions
○ Oneself
Relations to social patterns
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Others in multicultural context of Canada
Sociological Imagination
C Wright Mills coined term “sociological imagination”
Was non-conventional American sociologist
Motorcycle riding maverick
Loved pretty writing
Stated that “challenge of sociology is to make the connection between how
society works and how it affects our personal lives”
For Mills
Quality of mind with 3 components:
Understanding of history
Understanding of social structure
What it means to have religion, certain education systems, how
power organized
Understanding of individual biographies
Ability to think about individuals as individuals
Interested in Karl Marx
Interested in writing
Idea: if writing is clear, message can be understood
Narrative and tone
Public sociology - taking sociology to public
James Agee
○ Writer
Mills About Sociological Writing
“It doesn’t look good. I think for two reasons. First, there is no real writing tradition in
sociology, as there is, for example, in history...Second, the field is not split into statistical
stuff and heavy duty theoretical bull****. In both cases, there’s no writing but only turgid
polysyllabic slabs of stuff. So, because that is now the field, no (sociologists) get trained,
have models to look up to, there is no aspiration to write well.”
Development of Modern Sociology
Emerged as area of interest in Germany, France, England - 1800s
Developed as response to dramatic social changes
Consequence of industrialization
Population increases/urbanization - major social factors in rise of
sociology as way of studying world
Ibn Khaldun
Arab scholar
Thought of as first sociologist
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Sa 150 - lecture 1 - introduction to sociology. Research enables social issues to be discussed in informed & critical manner. Big bro"s barbershop - community center for gender queer, place for them to get hair cut without discrimination. Shares common interests with other social sciences. Distinguishes itself from other disciplines through history, vocabulary, tools. The systematic or scientific study of society . C wright mills coined term sociological imagination . Stated that challenge of sociology is to make the connection between how society works and how it affects our personal lives . What it means to have religion, certain education systems, how power organized. Ability to think about individuals as individuals. Idea: if writing is clear, message can be understood. Public sociology - taking sociology to public. First, there is no real writing tradition in sociology, as there is, for example, in historysecond, the field is not split into statistical stuff and heavy duty theoretical bull****.

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