SOC 110 F15 3-3 (Oct 9th) - SOC 110 Introduction to...

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SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology From the Micro- to the Meso-Level 1
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Micro-Level Theories ` Symbolic interactionism is a micro-level theory based on the idea that people act in accordance with shared meanings, orientations, and assumptions. ` e.g. becoming a doctor… or a marijuana smoker ` Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical theory views social life as a theatrical performance in which we are all actors on stages with roles, scripts, costumes, and sets. ` e.g. speed-dating ` Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis are rigorous micro-level approaches to how reality is a fragile proposition that needs constant (unconscious) upkeep ` e.g. transgendered persons 2
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20% 20% 20% 20% 20% A symbolic interactionist would say that fully socialized people differ from children in having developed: A. An “I” B. A “me” C. A “significant other” D. A “generalized other” E. Any one of the above. 3
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From Micro- to Meso 4 ` Dyads ` Triads ` Cliques; Small Groups ` Networks ` Organizations ` Societies ` World-regions Micro-level Meso-level Macro-level
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Micro-level Approaches Goffman’s Dramaturgical Appraoch e.g. Gender Roles Behavioral norms associated primarily with males or females Gender roles can be more powerful and influential than other roles that people fill 5
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Primary Group Formation
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What do you do for fun? Dance? Uh, dance, uh, I like to go, like camping. Uh, snowboarding, but I'm not good, but I like to go anyway.
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