SOC 220 Sociological Perceptions on Problems

SOC 220 Sociological Perceptions on Problems - 2008_01_11...

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Subjective - sociologists s Objective - people experiencing the problem s Who defines the problem? Subjective/objective debate Biases s Norms s Etc. s Influenced by… Can't be consistently judged Very strongly influenced by social construction Social problems and remedies change over time, between societies, between groups. Changing definitions of social problems and remedies over time Adaptation Equilibrium Interconnectedness Social Order Integration Coordination Cohesion Cooperation The Organism Metaphor s Functionalist Logic s Social Statuses Social Roles Focus on institutions s Focus on social norms + values s Assumes that patterns are there for a reason, that institutions are all critical to the functioning of the organism s Focus on socialization s Problematic social change s Social Problems and Remedies s The functionalist perspective Powerful groups control institutions r Underpay weaker groups r Grow more powerful
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