PP_Chapter_1_Study_of_Social_Problems_and_The_Sociological_Imagination-1.pptx

PP_Chapter_1_Study_of_Social_Problems_and_The_Sociological_Imagination-1.pptx

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Click to edit Master subtitle style Chapter 1 Social Problems “The Abortion Dilemma”
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What is Sociology? The systematic study of human society,  behaviors, and social interaction. Sociologists are not concerned with  internal   motivations for behavior  (mental or emotional states). Study of the social world and how society influences behavior, attitudes, and beliefs. Examine how individuals interact w/ and respond to their world and worldview. Meaning we attempt to study the world as is….not as a reflection of our own personal belief or  value system. Focuses on factors  external   to individuals that give rise to “social life” and  how our group orientations (affiliations) determine much of what we think, 
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Society and Culture Society  refers to people who live in some  territory and share many of the same  behavior patterns. Culture  is a way of life including widespread  values, beliefs, and behavior.
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Personal vs. Sociological Imagination When tend to view our problems and other people’s problems in  personal or emotional ways. Personal experience, although valid and provides us the all of  our opinions about the world, this perspective is personally  unique and therefore tells us little about the state of society. Although personal experience is unique, it is influenced by  social forces.
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Sociological Imagination  (CW MILLS) Is a point of view that highlights how society affects  the experiences we have and the choices we make— it is a viewpoint that allows us to see our lives in the  context of society.  The SI allows for the understanding of behaviors and  beliefs in the context of the social forces that shape 
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Social Problem Would think “HARM” caused to society—but much  harm not classified as social problems. Social Problem  is a condition that undermines the  well-being of some or all members of society and is  usually a matter of public controversy  (basically,  some  aspect of society that some people are worried about and  they believe should be changed ).   Sociology is used to look at human activity in a social
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  1) They cause physical or mental damage to individuals or society. 2) They offend the values or standards of some powerful segment  of society. 3) They persist for an extended period of time. 4) They generate competing proposed solutions because of 
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Social Constructionist Approach The assertion that social problems arise as people  define conditions as undesirable and in need of  change (socially constructed). Claims Making:
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