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Malcolm Mac Kinnon

Introduction to Sociology I Week 1 Chapter 1 Introductionsuicide The Sociological Perspective * Analyzing suicide sociologically test the claim that sociology takes a unique, surprising and enlightening perspective on social events. Suicide: - antisocial and non-social act -condemned by nearly everyone in society -committed in private -comparatively rare Why people commit such acts? You should focus on their individual states of mind rather than on the state of the society. Emile Durkheim suicide is an act of individual that results from a psychological disorder. -suicide rates tend to be high where rates of psychological disorder are high, and low where rates of psychological disorder are low. Social solidarity the more beliefs and values a groups members share, the more frequently and intensely they interact, the more social solidarity the group has. Social Structures stable patterns of social relations according to sociologists. Microstructures are patterns of intimate social relations. Families, friends and so. Macrostructures are patterns of social relations that lie outside and above your circle of intimates and acquaintances. Class relations, bureaucracies, and patriarchy (the traditional system of economic and political inequality between women and men in most societies). Global structures third level of society that surrounds and permeates us. International organizations, worldwide travel and communication, economic relations between countries. Sociological imagination ability to see the connection between personal troubles and social structures. By C. Wright Mills (1959). Origins of the Sociological Imagination Scientific Revolution 1550 conclusions about the workings of society must be based on solid evidence, not just on speculation. Using evidence to make a case for a particular point of view. Democratic Revolution 1750 suggested that people are responsible for organizing society and that human intervention can therefore solve social problems. People control society; people could replace unsatisfactory rulers. 1
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