The Sociological Imagination

The Sociological Imagination - What is Social Identity •...

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The Sociological Imagination 17:36 Sociologists do it in groups! Groups of humans interacting o Large- Nations, continents, planets o Small- Small groups, clubs, counties etc… How do we study society? Depends on your theoretical orientation.  o Multiple Lenses o Classroom relationships as an example Variety of methods ranging from experiments to statistics to interview. o (Will be elaborated in Methods Chapter) An imagination allows us to dream of other possibilities.  Clouds in the sky Sociological imagination is the ability to connect one’s personal experiences to  society at large and greater historical forces. Using our sociological imagination allows us to “make the familiar strange,” or to  question habits or customs that seem “natural” to us. Using sociological Imagination A different lens Ignore Common Sense Nothing is What it Seems “Why” “True” Objectivity is NOT possible.
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Unformatted text preview: What is Social Identity • How you define yourself in relation to groups you are a part or. Or not be a part of. • Humans are “Social Animals” o Instinctually desire to belong to a group o Most importantly we often define ourselves by who we associate with o Not choosing a group is equally important as choosing Social identity is most easily seen in the context of schools. Social institutions ,like schools, are key factors in developing social identities A social institution is a group of social positions, connected by social relations, that perform a social role. • Education System • Religion • Medicine Social Institutions also have social identities • Government Reputation • School Reputation Social identities are often supported and fostered by social institutions. • Plinko Effect 17:36 17:36...
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This note was uploaded on 10/23/2010 for the course SOCL 2000 taught by Professor Slack during the Fall '07 term at LSU.

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