Lecture 2_Constructions of Social Divisions

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CCHU 9011 Social Divisions in Contemporary Societies Lecture 2 Construction of Social Divisions Professor Samson Tse 1 12/09/2016
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IMPORTANT NOTICES } Tutorial group will start soon (the first group will be on 19 th Sept. [group 1]) } Add-drop period will finish on 14 th Sept. 2 12/09/2016
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Rundown 1. (last session) From Social Differences to Social Divisions 2. TEN core features of Social Divisions (Payne, 2013) 3. Major determinant of social divisions (& concern)= Life Chances 4. Social Construction Theory ( 社會建構論 / 社會建構主 義理論 ) } Three stages of social construction of reality } Three contexts which inform social divisions } Six major social institutions which shape social divisions 3 12/09/2016
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1. Social divisions } ‘Social Divisions refer to substantial, entrenched and patterned differences between people that run through a society and which influence their present and future of prospects—life chances .’ (Braham & Janes 2002, p.xiii) 4 12/09/2016
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Social Divisions as a Perspective } It offers a way of thinking about society as consisting of intelligible components . } It offers a framework to study the dynamic relationship among social divisions and their effects on individuals. } It offers a framework to study social divisions as a global phenomenon and their significance in different cultural, political and economic contexts. 5 12/09/2016
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12/09/2016 6 Grover Price, 35, right, with The Hope Center, asks a homeless man standing outside the Samaritan Inn on Salem Avenue in Roanoke, Va., if he wants to stay in a warm shelter on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Global phenomena of the ‘homelessness’
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Social Divisions as a Way of Social Organization ( 社會分化 ) 2. TEN Core Features : (Payne, 2013, Ch 18, pp.407-425) 1. A principle of social organization resulting in a society-wide distinction between two or more logically interrelated categories of people . 7 12/09/2016
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Social Divisions as a Way of Social Organization ( 社會分化 ) 2. Social divisions are expressed through, and sustained by, dominant cultural beliefs , the organization of social institutions and the situational interaction of individuals. 8 12/09/2016
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Social Divisions as a Way of Social Organization ( 社會分化 ) 3. Membership of a category in a social division confers unequal opportunities of access to desirable ‘resources’ and therefore different life chances and lifestyles.
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