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Department
Sociology
Course
SOC 1100
Professor
Linda Gerber
Semester
Fall

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Sociology: A review -premidterm readings! The foundations of sociology  Sociological perspective o Structural functionalism – if structures do anything for society. Durkheim felt there were real social forces that made people feel it was the right thing. o Symbolic interactionism – there’s no structure. Just people interacting and sharing meanings. Ex. If you were on first date, there are no rules, so you start talking, and feeling out the situation. Therefore worked out situation o Social conflict – very critical (analytical) accepts there is social structure that is unfair and takes advantages of others. (classes of people, disadvantages) (capitalist vs. workers) Karl Marx o Plus feminism and postmodernism – assumes that women are disadvantaged compared to men. Women want equality. Way of looking at things that say ‘don’t go into a place with any pre-conceived notions of what you’re going to find’ – anti-theory. Blank slate.  Sociological Investigation o Science- concepts, variables (grades, gender) and measurements o Scientific sociology – anytime with numbers (ex25%) = structural functional scientific o Interpretive sociology (symbolic internationalism) try to figure out what something means through shared understandings and meanings, no social structure o Critical sociology (social conflict) – analyzing and finding out if certain group are disadvantages – if so.. what can we do?  Culture: essential ingredient , can’t have society without culture. Can’t function (words). Anything man has made with hands or mind. Rockets, bureaucracy(is an idea).  Society: evolution, Marx, Weber, Durkheim. Hunting gather – post-modern. How the 3 guys view society. How we got the sociological perspective. (link the theorist, theory and methods!)  Socialization: humanity, the process, agents. We start as babies (walk, talk, feed ourselves..) learning more and more about how to function in society.  Social Interaction: status (position in society), role (what we’re supposed to do/say), performance (putting on an act, impress people), dramaturgical analysis (job interview)  Groups and Organizations: dyads(2)/triads(3) , groups(people who identify with each other, interact with each other) , networks(no personal contact with all the people), formal org’ns(university club(rules and regulations) , bureaucracy(highly structured, specific reasons) nd 2 half of year  Sexuality: sex= biological, gender= social construct(determined by environment we’re in) sexual revolution/orientation  Deviance: social control (goes on everyw
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