7. Group - Groups • A Group is a collection of individual...

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Groups A Group is a collection of individual (or “actors”) with some degree of interdependence The degree of interdependence is important and determines how “groupy” the group is, or how cohesive the group is
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Collins emphasizes Groups and their importance Collins uses the notion of “precontractual solidarity” This is much of the domain of sociology The idea is that there is a tie among us that is not “just rational” and not like a formal agreement There is a fundamental idea of trust
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Groups A very early study demonstrates how groups affect us: People were randomly assigned to either Group or No identified group Individuals in both conditions took a IQ-like test People in both conditions told the mean level of performance for those with whom they had taken the test Then ask how they personally scored. If in the Group condition, people identified with however the group performed; if in the No identified Group, how their collection (group) performed made no difference in their own report of how they scored
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Who will you know? Another early study done by T Newcomb tried to predict who would know who, who would be friends with whom, and who would know the most people, based on a BLUEPRINT of the living spaces on a small campus How do you think this was done?
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This note was uploaded on 05/11/2008 for the course SOCI 205 taught by Professor Evans during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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