Soci Midterm Study Guide

Soci Midterm Study Guide - Soci Midterm Study Guide Format...

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Soci Midterm Study Guide Format: A. Definition B. What is the context Why is it important? C. Person, place, time associated with the term D. Where did you hear it? (lecture, movie, reading, author name) Authors: C. Wright Mills “Sociological Imagination” Potter- argued that media violence caused violence from teenagers Sternheimer-media is being a scapegoated, no supporting evidence for potter’s argument that media generates violence Glassner -“The Cultulre of Fear” Arlene Stein- “The Stranger Next Door” Exam concepts list 1. Biography and History A. Definition: Biography- personal trouble, individual’s problem History-public issues, problems in society D. Hear from Wright Mills 2. Sociological Imagination A. Definition: According to Wright Mills’s definition, the sociological imagination enables its possessor to understand the larger historical scene in terms of its meaning for the inner life and the external career of a variety of individuals B. Context: The ability to grasp the relationship between our private lives as individuals and the larger social forces that help shape them. C. The importance of the sociological imagination: individuals often face personal troubles and tried to determine the causes of their troubles by looking at one perspective. However, in order for them to resolve the problems, they need to look at the “non individual factors” by using the sociological imagination, which enables them to look beyond their environment and experience.
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D. Heard from lecture and Mill’s book, the Sociological Imagination 3. Personal troubles vs. public issues 4. Generational Cohorts A. Definition: A large group of people, roughly the same age group who have shared experience B. Importance: Our different positions within the social structure make us to experience the historical moment differently. The individual can understand his own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself with his period that he can know his own life chances in life only by becoming aware of these of all individuals in his circumstances. Similar belief and values because they share the same experience 5. Social structure A. Definition: How the society is structured according to the different categories B. Importance: Social structure both constrains and enables people’s perceptions, choices and actions C. Mills on “problems” D. Heard from lecture 6. Functionalist Theory A. Definition: Modern societies are analogous to a functionally interdependent human body with specialized organs B. Importance: The problems of functionalism is anything that deviates from the norm that prevents healthy functioning of institutions that threatens order, stability and continuity. Language used to define problems: pathology deviance from norms Solutions to problems: better socialization to ensure greater
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conformity and to prevent deviance institutional control of deviance (e.g through churches, schools, families, penal institution)
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