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January 16 The Sociological Imagination C. Wright Mills (reading) Sociological Interplay Constant battle b/w blaming society and blaming people; interaction between individuals and their  society/surroundings/circumstances Individual lives are lived at the intersection of personal biography and social history Blaming society Blaming people Suicide A personal event Two trends in suicide – the likelihood of committing suicide as income increases (except with African Americans  – loss of social networks when they move up to middle class), different seasons have higher rates of suicide  (usually late spring and summer, as people start to feel isolated during this time, not as much structure) Emile Durkheim’s Suicide – one of the first attempts at a methodologically rigorous study on suicide, though  slightly flawed * Chart from slide – suicide rate increases with extremes of social integration; based on religion (i.e. a cult  vs. Protestants) Women are more likely to try to commit suicide, but men ore more likely to succeed Men have a tendency towards more violent, direct methods What Is Society? A natural, permanent, and historical structure that consists of a relatively stable set of organizations, institutions,  systems, and cultural patterns into which successive generations of people are born A human construction made up of people interacting with one another Ex: UT in national championships against USC, more than just a football game Three Levels of Society Macro level – the overall, broad structure of society; involves norms about gender, race, education, etiquette;  institutions are bigger than the people involved  Micro level – about a few people, small groups Meso level – somewhere in between, larger groups of people; ex: a dorm, neighborhood, class, extended family;  not connected with everyone Modes of Influence Top-down influence – rules of behavior, stemming from meso level; ex: dating used to be very structured and  formal  Bottom-up influence – people can defy norms; change in rules of behavior (i.e. changes in dating) Structuration – deals a little bit with interplay, the modes of influence interacting with each other January 28 Social Psychology How individuals are affected by those around them Gender studies, juvenile delinquent behavior Unifying theme – you can’t understand an individual unless you understand the world around them, everyone lives in  a social context
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Sociological Methods Two Key Components Empirical research – questions about human behavior can be ascertained only through controlled, systematic  observations in the real world
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