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Page 1 of 2 The Basics Sociology – the study of what groups or individuals do, in relation to each other. Macro sociology – like photographers who shoot using a wide-angle lens, would rather fit a lot of people into each frame than get detailed images of just a few of them. Micro sociology – focus on only a few people at a time so they can capture a lot of detail about each person. Interactionist perspective – from this perspective, the best way to understand what is going on in society is to start at the ground level and work up, unit of analysis is the situation, analyze the verbal and non-verbal communication b/w persons who come across one another in everyday situations. Functionalist perspective – compares society to the human body, study the parts of society together, as an entire system, offers a relatively static view of society, suggests things must remain as they are- the status quo must be maintained- in order for all parts of society to work together, in balance w/each other. Conflict perspective – competition b/w groups to control resources such as
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