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SOC 1101 Midterm 1 ReviewSociology is the systematic study of society and the way we shape and interact with one anotherSociologists notice social patterns investigate and challenge commonly held assumptions Sociology gives us a better understanding of ourselves and our social world The sociological imagination is the ability to see the relationship between personal experiences and the larger societyThe promise The idea that the individual can understand his his own experience and gauge his own fate by locating himself within his period that he can know his own chances in life only by becoming aware of those of all individuals in his circumstances We do not know the limitations of mans capacities The sociological imagination helps us distinguish between personal troubles private problems and social issues aka public matters beyond individuals control The sociological imagination helps us place seemingly personal troubles such as contemplating suicide or losing your job into a larger social context where we can distinguish whether and how personal troubles can be related to public issues Suicide as a personal troubleIf a person commits suicide many consider it a personal problem Suicide as a public issueSocietal problem Emile Durkheim related suicide to the issue of cohesiveness in society instead of viewing it as an isolated act that could only be understood by the one doing it A society is a large social grouping that shares the same geographical territory and is subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations Global interdependence is a relationship in which the lives of all people are intertwined closely and any one nations problems are a part of a larger global problem All sociologists attempt to discover patterns or commonalities in human behaviour Individual people commit the acts and other individuals suffer because of these actions The worlds developed or high income countries are countries with highly industrialized economies They have a higher standard of living and lower death rate
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