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Unformatted text preview: Public issues vs. private troubles The sociological imagination Three sequential stages of “becoming a marijuana smoker” Essays: you will choose from one of these three options 1. Discuss why Walter Benjamin believed that the “aura” of art and culture tended to dissolve in the “age of mechanical reproduction.” What are the consequences of this dissolution of aura and why was Benjamin optimistic about it? 2. Compare and contrast two of the following theorists—Berger and Luckmann, Goffman, Mills, Mead, Parsons, and/or Bellah—with respect to how they theorized the relationship between the individual and society. 3. Discuss the three schools of thought that emerged from American sociologists in the post-war era: functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. It will be especially important to explain what makes these theories different from one another....
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- Spring '08
- Sociology, Theory Symbolic Interactionism, Bellah Erving Goffman, Walter Benjamin Antonio Gramsci Talcott Parsons Peter Berger, Thomas Luckmann C., Gramsci Talcott Parsons