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Sociology
Course
SOC232H5
Professor
Erik Schneiderhan
Semester
Fall

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Dark side of modernity Smart Phones  Human desires for greater choice, convenience, freedom and individuality  Phones sending information to other companies for them to get detailed information about the buying habits of consumers  With each new freedom the modern world offers comes a new kind of control; with each new promise of emancipation, a form of domination Classical Connections: Max Weber, Marcuse and Habermas  The most characteristic feature of modern societies- increasing rationalization of social life o The way forms of social action were becoming increasingly organized and motivated by concerns of efficiency (value rationality) and calculation (instrumental rationality)  Rationalization of modern societies for weber meant that more and more of our lives were becoming organized by instrumental rationality  Erosion of our more value-oriented forms of reason and to an overall loss of meaning in our lives due to rationalization (disenchantment of the world)  Weber defines sociology as an interpretive science concerned in large with subjective meanings attached
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