SOC 001 Notes Chapter 4 - CHAPTER 3 Social Structure and...

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CHAPTER 3 – Social Structure and Social Interaction Levels of Sociological Analysis Macrosociology – analysis of social life that focuses on broad features of society, usually used by functionalists and conflict theorists, goal to examine the large-scale social forces that influence people EX: homeless men, social class, few job skills, little education Microsociology – analysis of social life that focuses on social interaction, typically used by symbolic interactionists EX: homeless men, rules for getting along, hustling, dividing up money, relationships, language, etc. Macrosociological Perspective – Social Structure Social Structure – framework of society, typically patterns of a group, guides our behavior, overriding personal feelings and desires, people learn behaviors and attitudes because of their location in social structure EX: got an A on exam, but did not celebrate wildly, instead acted in a fairly subdued manner Culture – a group’s language, beliefs, values, behaviors, and gestures EX: growing up in China, look and act like Chinese and think and feel like Chinese Social Class – a large group of people who rank close to one another in wealth, prestige, and power Social Status – the position that an individual occupies in society or in a social group
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2009 for the course SOC 001 taught by Professor Sturm,robertarth during the Spring '08 term at Pennsylvania State University, University Park.

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SOC 001 Notes Chapter 4 - CHAPTER 3 Social Structure and...

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