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Unformatted text preview: (1) Society is like an organism…it is a system (2) Believe in social evolution (a) Social darwinism (b) Compared Survival of fittest to the social world (c) Felt gov’t shouldn’t be involved in natural processes going on in society iv) Karl Marx (1818-1883) (1) Economic inequality (2) Class conflict (a) Society is divided into those who own the means of producing wealth and those who do not (3) Social change (4) Dialectical materialism (a) Belief that development depends on the clash of contradictions and the subsequent creation of new, more advanced structures (5) Economic determinist v) Emile Durkheim (1858-1916) (1) Social solidarity: mechanical vs. organic (2) Social facts (a) Aspects of social life that cannot be explained in terms of the biological or mental characteristics of the individual vi) Max Weber (1864-1920) (1) “verstehen” (2) Ideal type (a) Bureaucracy (3) “value free” sociology...
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- Fall '07
- Sociology, Promoted womens rights, pattern institutional development, key institutional arrangments