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SOC 1100 Study Guide - Final Guide: Religious Education In Primary And Secondary Education, Labeling Theory, Social Change

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SOC 1100
Linda Gerber
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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
o Interpretive sociology (symbolic internationalism) try to figure out what
something means through shared understandings and meanings, no social
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
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