ppt_ch1 - CHAPTER 1: THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION WHAT IS...

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CHAPTER 1: THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION
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WHAT IS SOCIOLOGY? The systematic study of social interaction at a variety of levels 1
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Interaction between individuals A dating couple Co-workers 1 Interaction–Individuals
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Interaction between groups Newcomers and old-timers in a community High school cliques 1 Interaction–Groups
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Interaction between nations Immigration patterns Economic globalization 1 Interaction–Nations
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Sociology goes beyond what we call common sense in several ways Beyond Common Sense
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But I'm Unique! Some people object to the systematic study of interaction. They argue that interaction is not patterned and regular. 1
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Application What would happen if we didn't have patterned interactions? Traffic Shopping Conversation
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Why Do We Need Sociology? Some people argue that sociology is just common sense. It makes the obvious difficult. 1
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Application 1. True/False: The death penalty reduces crime. 2. True/False: Living together decreases the chance of getting divorced. 3. True/False: Opposites attract.
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These and many other common sense ideas are false. A systematic study of interaction can show us what really happens. 1
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Common sense often distorts reality. Common sense is often contradictory. Common sense perceptions change over time. Much of our common sense is based on
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This note was uploaded on 06/11/2009 for the course SOC 100 taught by Professor Tba during the Summer '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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