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INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY SOC 1013
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What is Sociology? The scientific study of human social activity and interaction. Sociological Perspective. Seeing the General in the Particular Seeing the Strange in the Familiar C. Wright Mills and the Sociological Imagination.
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C. Wright Mills’ Sociological Imagination The power of the sociological perspective lies not just in changing individual lives but in transforming society Society, not people’s personal failings is the cause of social problems The sociological imagination transforms personal problems into public issues
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Benefits of the Sociological Perspective 1. Helps us assess the truth of common sense 2. Helps us assess both opportunities and constraints in our lives 3. Empowers us to be active participants in our society 4. Helps us live in a diverse world
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Durkheim’s Study of Suicide Emile Durkheim’s research showed that society affects even our most personal choices. More likely to commit: male Protestants who were wealthy and unmarried Less likely to commit: male Jews and Catholics who were poor and married One of the basic findings: Why? The differences between these groups had to do with “social integration” Those with strong social ties had less of a chance of COMMITING suicide
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Importance of Global Perspective Where we live makes a great difference in shaping our lives Societies throughout the world are increasingly interconnected through technology and economics Many problems that we faced in the United States are more serious elsewhere Thinking globally is a good way to learn more about ourselves
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