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27/05/2008 21:37:00 1.17.08 What is sociology? The scientific study of human behavior Sociological perspective-Berger “Seeing the general in the particular” Social forces impact our individual lives Classic study: Durkheim’s Study of Suicide What could be more personal than committing suicide Yet Durkheim found that men, protestants, wealthy people and the unmarried  had significantly higher suicide rates than women, Jews and Catholics, the  poor, and married people. o Those with more social cohesion are less apt to commit suicide o Social grouping play a role on what we do as individuals “Social Integration”- Stronger social ties. Lillian Ruben’s Study of Women’s Marriage Expectations CLASS and marital expectations Higher income women: Expected their husbands be sensitive to others, talk  readily, and share his feelings and experiences Lower income women: looking for a man who didn’t drink too much, was not  violent, and held a steady job o Social positioning: where are we and what our expectations depending  on our position/class College Attendance Most college students- 18-24 (we expect people to attend college then).  If your family earns more thatn $75,000 a year, you are three times as likely  to attend college as someone who’s family earns less than 20,000. Is it reasonable to think that attending college purely and individual choice? Social marginality
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“oursiders”: not part of a dominant group white folks tend not to think about race (regarding themselves) and that race  only impacts people of color women, the disabled, gay folks, people of color, tend to be more aware of 
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