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Chapter 1: Sociology and Social Problems Intro
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Our Topic: Social Problems Impact All or Some People Change over time (Defined as problematic or not) Public Controversy
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Sociology: the Study of Societies Sociological Perspective -POV on how society influences individuals Mills: “the Sociological Perspective allows us to grasp the connection between history and biography” Culture : Way of life: includes values (right/wrong), beliefs (what is true), behaviors
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Sociologists’ Assertions Social Problems are a result of how society operates-not individuals’ choices Many problems are related Not caused by bad people Objective facts, subjective values Socially constructed Relative…people view problems differently Not all problems can be solved Definitions Change over time
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Social Movement: Attempts to Deal with the Problem Problems don’t make a movement Emergence (Claims Making Efforts) Coalescence Formalization Decline Decline Coalescence Formalization Emergence
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The Woolworth Sit In: 1960 http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18615556
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Points to Move Forward Chapters will: Define Terms Present Issues Explain with Theory ID some solutions Driven by Theory Research Surveys Field Lab Proper Citations Cautions Definitions Politics Stats
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Theory 1: Structural Functional Level = Macro Spencer’s social pathology—disruption in “normal” operations (Social Darwinism) One Bad Apple Medical Model Social Disorganization (Chicago School) Too Much too Soon, or Change = Change Dysfunctions Intended and Unintended Consequences (or the Road to You-Know-Where) “Good” can lead to “bad” and vice versa
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Theory 2: Symbolic Interaction Symbols- metaphoric ways humans communicate; back and forth in ‘looking glass self’ (Mead) We are shaped and shape others in our interactions. Social Learning
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