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Chapter 1

New Society: Chapter 1

4 pages32 viewsFall 2011

Department
Sociology
Course Code
SOC101Y1
Professor
Robert Brym
Chapter
1

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Life%is%finite%
More%frequently%and%intensely%a%group%interacts%=%more%social%solidarity%
Altruistic%suicide%–%norms%tightly%govern%behaviour,%individual%actions%often%for%
groups%interest%
Egoistic%suicide%‐%lack%of%integration%of%individual%in%society%(weak%social%ties%to%
others)%
Anomic%suicide%–%norms%governing%behaviour%vaguely%defined%%(%society%that%lacks%
widely%shared%code%of%morality%)%
Suicide%levels%vary%with%the%level%of%social%solidarity%
%
%
Canada%today%–%suicide%most%common%for%15‐64%year%olds%
Our%rates%do%no%increase%with%age%
Why%Canadian%youth%is%high::%% less%youth%go%to%church,%synagogue%etc%
Youth%unemployment%up%
Divorce%rate%up,%split%families,%single%parents%
increase%=%less%parental%interaction%
%
Patterns%of%social%relations%affect%innermost%thoughts,%feelings,%actions%
Relatively%stable%patterns%of%social%relations%are%called%SOCIAL%STRUCTURES%
Three%(3)%levels%of%social%structure%
%
1) MICROSTRUCTURE%
patterns%of%intimate%social%relations%
formed%during%face%to%face%interactions%(family,%friends%work)%
“the%strength%of%weak%ties”%(friends%know%same%people%as%you,%so%if%you%want%
job,%ask%more%remote%acquaintances%so%you%have%“farther%network%of%people”%
%
2) MACROSTRUCTURE%
patterns%that%lie%outside+and+above%circle%of%intimates%and%acquaintances%
include%class,+relations,+and+patriarchy+(inequality%between%men%and%
women)%
most%married%women%who%work%full%time%do%more%housework/child‐
care/eldercare%than%husbands.%Gov’t%and%businesses%support%this%by%giving%
only%a%little%assistance%(nurseries,%after‐school%programs,%senior%homes)%%
unequal%division%of%housework%is%major%source%of%dissatisfaction%in%marriage%
therefore,%spouses%who%share%responsibilities%equally%=%happier%
therefore,%outside%forces%ALSO%put%stress%on%families,%not%just%incompatible%
personalities%
%
%
%
3) GLOBAL%STRUCTURES%
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