Lecture Notes 061306

Lecture Notes 061306 - behavior of which your specific...

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Katie Kerr SOC 302 June 13, 2006 Sociology – a science that studies recurring patterns of human social behavior A science that focuses on PATTERNS “Seeing the general in the specific” - Peter Berger “Exercising the sociological imagination” - C. Wright Mills Components of Exercising the Sociological Imagination: 1. Seeing the relationships between personal problems and social issues 2. Understanding how societal level variables cause the pattern of
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Unformatted text preview: behavior of which your specific instance in an example The sociologist is looking for how societal level issues cause the individual patterns of behavior People tend to research things they are interested in Units of Analysis 1. individual – individual properties, relationships between 2 variables 2. aggregate – average, percentage of the whole You use data collected from individuals to make statements about the aggregate...
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