SOCI 205 Study Guide - Atlantic Canada, Race Matters, First Nations
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I have put a * in front of an important concept that was on my midterm!!
-The Canadian Charter or Rights and Freedom (1982/84)
oSection 15 is both personal and institutional level
Racism is not accepted!(But it does exist)
-*What is the sociological imagination?:
o*C. Wright Mills coined it in 1959
oWe need it to see past the private trouble
oIt’s *Private Trouble vs. *Social Issue
Ex: not getting into uni because your grade isn’t high enough
Impacts many people
Ex: 10% or Canadians can’t get a job.
oThere are three parts to the sociological imagination:
Structure of Society
•Education, politic, region structures
•Ex: education is related to economy
Patterns of social change
•We take society for granted, but it has changed a lot over the
years to become this way. It is this way because it serves the
•Ex: law is used to gaurntee the interest of marginalised
Members of society
•People are placed all over the country, these demographic
differences leads to different experiences of who has an
•EX: urban vs rural areas are very different
•Ex: the Atlantic Provinces are at a disadvantage, while AB is at an
oThree characteristics of the Soci. Imagination:
Seeing the general in the particular
•We care about the overall outcome, not how it impacts individual
•In the past we see history and social conflict, this is because the
focus was for the good of the whole.
•Ex: first nations treated bad
*Seeing the strange in the familiar:
•Important because we would ask why things are the way they are
•Social selection: ex: how you need certain education for a job
•Ex: experiences with sexism
•Our choices are shaped by our context, ex: race, family, class etc.
•Different alternatives to choose from shaped by what is available
Seeing the individuality in social context:
•Social context: shapes opportunity structure where you make
•People face barriers (like the marginalised)
- Benefits of Sociological Imagination:
ocritical assessment of “common sense” ideas
the grey area is a matter of perspective and what we may take for granted
like how section 15 in the charter says we are all equal, but yet there is
o critical assessment of opportunities and constraints affecting our lives:
There are many social problems because of being marginalized
Are we members of a dominant culture? Because you get different
opportunity and realities.
o empowerment – becoming active participants in society
o navigate a diverse world with an open mind
It’s easier because this generation grew up around diversity, so it’s easier
to accept it.
I have put a * infront of an important concept that was on my midterm!!
1.1 What is Society?
- *3 aspects are:
oTerritory- geographic boundary
I have put a * in front of an important concept that was on my midterm! The canadian charter or rights and freedom (1982/84: section 15 is both personal and institutional level. Racism is not accepted! (but it does exist) *what is the sociological imagination: *c. wright mills coined it in 1959, we need it to see past the private trouble, it"s *private trouble vs. *social issue, *private trouble. Ex: not getting into uni because your grade isn"t high enough: social issue: Ex: 10% or canadians can"t get a job: there are three parts to the sociological imagination: Structure of society: education, politic, region structures, ex: education is related to economy. Patterns of social change: we take society for granted, but it has changed a lot over the years to become this way. It is this way because it serves the citizens interests: ex: law is used to gaurntee the interest of marginalised.