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Chapter 1 Notes - CHAPTER 1 NOTES 1. What Do Sociologists...

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CHAPTER 1 NOTES 1. What Do Sociologists Study? a. Society and Social Interaction i. society = system of social interactions 1. interactions are not chaotic and are guided by rules b. Social Facts (Emile Durkheim) i. Social facts = ideas, feelings, and ways of behaving that originate outside of the individual. 2. The Sociological Consciousness a. Distinguishing Troubles from Issues i. Troubles = personal needs, problems, or difficulties that can be explained in terms of individual shortcomings related to motivation, attitude, ability, character, or judgment (C. Wright Mills 1959). ii. Issue = a matter that can be explained only by factors outside an individual’s control and immediate environment. iii. Institution = a relatively stable and predictable arrangement among people that has emerged over time with the purpose of coordinating human interaction and behavior in ways that meet some social need. b. The Sociological Imagination i. Sociological imagination = the ability to connect seemingly impersonal and remote historical forces to the most basic incidents of
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