Sociology 1 Notes

Sociology 1 Notes - Sociology 1 Notes 18:05:00 The Sociological Imagination A primary feature of possessing the SI is the ability to paint a

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Sociology 1 Notes 24/10/2008 18:05:00 The Sociological Imagination A primary feature of possessing the SI is the ability to paint a picture of the world  one lives in. o 19 th  century theorists were all sociologists in this sense, they held the SI and  Weber  = the founding fathers of sociology o In their works, they described a photo of social injustice and labor divisions  through their models of the state/society; Durkheim = alienation; Weber = Iron  Cage of State o In the US, W.E.B. Dubois was a major contributor to sociology   “The Color  Line”.  He introduced his vision “the prob of the 20 th  century = the color line =  He attempted to understand the origin of the color line = he is looking  at the color line not only as a personal issue but as a global  phenomenon, and further explored how people dealt with the issue.  He started door-to-door surveying. o Jane Addams: a scholar-activist, she is the only sociologist to have ever won  the Nobel prize.  She wrote “Dispossession and City Life” about the ghettos of  Chicago where she worked/lived.  Her defining picture was of immigrants who  had been cast aside, left without any social welfare.  She wanted not only to  explore this but to change it   the settlement house movement Sociology: A critical effort to clarify the struggles and wishes of the age o C. Wright Mills: 1916-1962.  He published SI in 1959.  He intended it as a  serious critique of Sociology, for he believed it lacked the SI.  He thought the  discipline had concepts without values, facts without context.  Mills opposed  WWII, b/c he knew it would lead to a permanent war economy; this was very  unusual, but he couldn’t have been more right. o Mills greatly opposed the post-war world and its restrictions, and thus he  began to look past the things that dominated “the new American new century” o He saw problems with America’s affluence, because it was based on a  foundation of instability (the military industrial complex)   he saw that if  America depended on this, we were depending on warfare   we were bound  to war economy
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o consumer power that was a big deal in the 50’s lost its clout in the 70’s as de- industrialization came along = more instability The Greatest Problem: o Man must understand his individual connection to the history of the world, in  order to understand how to solve these problems.  Because man is mostly 
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