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Sociology Lecture #1 Monday May 15 th 2017 Rebecca Collins-Nelsen [email protected] Office hours: Tuesdays 12-1 UH-352 Midterm June 5 th June 12 th : Online lecture (don’t come to class) Short Assignment due June 15 th Presentation June 6-22 nd What is Sociology? Systemic study of human society May not tell us enough about what is about Main thing sociologist do is notice social patterns and challenge them Focus on thinking critically (on social patterns around us) Many of these patterns in society are reflective of inequality as well, challenge what we think of as natural Nature vs. Nurture, sociologists favour nurture, yes some things are established at birth but the rest is circumstantial Socialization, founding part of sociology Patterns in social variables, makeup people’s socialization and social location Social variable, someone’s religion, health, etc. Macro approach: broad approach and institutions, Micro approach: everyday one on one interactions. Structure (large institutions) vs. Agency (choices we make as individuals) Allows for an understanding between social world, others and oneself Hierarchy in those categories, those in already marginalized positions have an easier time recognizing sociology around them Easier to see these patterns during times of great change, ex: great depression made it easier to see reasons for social circumstance The American dream: hard work will get you things that you want, standardization, “available to everyone” (obviously false) Sociology Discipline Academic discipline is artificial construction with artificial boundaries (loose boundaries with flexibility) Sociology does have a distinct discipline with its own tools and vocabulary, however can be associated with almost everything Sociological Imagination Term coined by C. Wright mills Shows how society works in our personal lives
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Weak sociological imagination: social issues became collapsed into private problems Gives us a vocabulary to translate them into social issues Then democracy begins to fall and political life becomes impoverished, we don’t think of problems as a society as a whole “Committing Sociology” Stephen Harper, young first nation woman found in a river and Stephen Harper tried to isolate this incident from a sociological problem Intersectionality: complex intersections which contribute to experiences of oppression and privilege (age, sexual orientation,
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