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Soci 210: a. What is sociology? b. socio perspectives Definition: Scientific study of social relations - Scientific because there is a systematic approach when looking at any social scientific question - No speculation – reliance on previous research - Want theoretical background to our study - > this makes it scientific social relations: society> a group of people whose members interact , reside in a definable area, and share a culture - need to define what kind of group we are talking about - using this term- lots of disagreement - if we assume Quebec is a distinct society: would have to define the boundaries of that society - if you are a recent immigrant, are you right away apart of Quebec society? Society in itself is a problematic concept Prefer to discuss social relations - Certain people have certain specific experiences when they approach social institutes - Patterns in our society that are permanent - Socio examines these social patterns Social relations: - A great variety of social relations - Socio looks at them all Several other disciplines also analyze social relations using empirical analysis - Poli sci, psych, economics Sociology is different in 2 ways: 1. Breadth 2. Focus Socio lots of interconnection with other disciplines The breadth: Broad view other disciplines take a limited view Focus: individual and structure Eg. Sociology wants to understand the social or socio-economic impact of economic polices - Sociologists - one step further than economists Political scientists more concerned about voting etc - Socio looks at social interaction of it PRIMARY GOAL : to look at all kinds of social patterns - Want to understand and provide an empirical perspective on the indv and social institution.
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- Place individuals in a larger social context (not just the indv) Social inst .: stable patterns in society i.e. marriage, the welfare state, educational system in Canada, treatment of aboriginal youth social structures : enduring patterns of social relations - Marriage- relatively stable but changing, economic structure (we live in a certain economic env. /input/output, we all need shelter and food, generate an income) – all in order to sustain ourselves. - More people cohabiting in qc rather than marriages - Major alternatives emerging but idea is that we have a notion of what marriage is. Social relations : link us to structures - When you put your own experience in larger context and contrast group experiences- you see patterns and can group and analyze them and see the effects. Basic idea: we cant understand individuals or social structures without looking at social relations . Textbook; People that can rely on close ties (can discuss important matters with, family members) when in trouble less likely to commit suicide – - Money does not equal emotional happiness - Men in north America more likely to commit- they have less close social ties - Any kind of union provides support.
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