Sociology 2 - Sociology What is Reality? I. 2/11/08 II....

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Sociology 2/11/08 What is Reality? I. Social construction of reality A. Definition: the process through which facts, knowledge, truth are discovered, made known, reaffirmed, and altered by members of society. B. Different societies create their own role in society C. Examples: i. Breadwinner family- male works, female stays at home, “the American family”, never been a part of reality but is how we like it portrayed ii. Social Mobility in the US- has more social mobility than Mexico but not more than that of other western countries, international metaphor about the US (movies, exports) iii. There is an element of the arbitrary in what we see as reality. II. Aspects of Social Construction A. Default Categorization i. Definition: assumptions based on our prior experiences and knowledge of circumstances that allow us to avoid spending the time necessary to consider every possibility ii. Coming out as straight- straight is considered to be the norm iii. Critique- Health care in the US- people don’t usually go to the doctor unless there is
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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