SOC100 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Critical Thinking, Public Sociology, Muqaddimah

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Personal experiences are affected by class, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, etc. Discuss social issues in an informed and critical manner. (bell hooks: cultural theorist) Critical thinking: asking questions typically not asked. Shares common interests with psychology, anthropology, and political science But distinguishes itself from other disciplines through its history, vocab, and tools. Social science that studies the development, structure, and functioning of human society. Patterns in social variables, social institutions, and social interactions. Sociology is the systematic study of human action in social context. Study the social causes of death- figure out how to live better; To achieve a greater understanding of the social world, one"s self, others, etc. Socially conscious hip hop movement: "ghetto story" (song, focus on lyrics) Connection between how society works (its problems) and how it relates to our personal lives (and our problems). Larger social issues and history shape the context within which our troubles arise. Helps understand the fifth dimension- "the social" (brym).

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