Lecture Notes 062106 - The Rational Choice Proposition-may...

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Katie Kerr SOC 301 June 21, 2006 Culture shock – the feeling of confusion, disorientation that people experience  when they come into contact with a culture that is very different from their own Societies are becoming more multicultural. Microsociology Microsociology – looking at the patterns of interaction in very small groups Internalization – when a person has come to view the aspects of their society as  legitimate and continues to follow these beliefs, norms, etc. because they are the  right thing Learning (do out of fear) vs. internalization (do because you view as legitimate) Internalization is a means of social control.
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Unformatted text preview: The Rational Choice Proposition-may be viewed as the fundamental proposition for microsociological theories Within the limits of our information and available options, and guided by our preferences and tastes, people will try to maximize their access to desirable resources. “Within the limits of our information” – we never have all the information we need “and available options” – what options we have “guided by our preferences and tastes” – what you like, what you’ve grown up on “people will try to maximize their access to desirable resources” – things that are important to us...
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course SOC 302 taught by Professor Langenkamp during the Summer '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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Lecture Notes 062106 - The Rational Choice Proposition-may...

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