Sociology 1 Notes

Sociology 1 Notes - Sociology1:Week1 15:35

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Sociology 1: Week 1 15:35 The Sociological Imagination: a method by which we study the interaction  between individual lives and society “The unexamined life is not worth living.” –Socrates wanting to examine life is old Pre-Sociological Influences: Plato’s 6 basic assumptions of society: o Man is an organism o Organisms tend toward survival o Man survives in groups o Man is a social animal o Man lives in an ordered society o The order of society is knowable “Experience is the Essence of Who We are and how we Shape our Society”  -Rios False Consciousness: the mystification of material and institutional processes  that mislead people, often to act against their own interests or to continue to act  against the interest of those in the classes below them constraints against or toward you “the sociological imagination enables us to take into account how individuals, in  the welter of their daily experience, often become falsely conscious of their social  positions.” –C. Wright Mills
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Sociology 1: Week 2 15:35 Affirmative Action: 
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Sociology 1: Week 2 15:35 Racial quotas outlawed by supreme court in 1978 o Quota- a fixed number of slots reserved for a specific minority  Affirmative action banned by voters in CA in 1996 o To take race, gender, or class into perspective when making a decision to  admit someone Sociological Imagination: A method for analyzing the human universe Structure: labor market, school, family (the history of society) o Agency: the life of the individual Social Structures: those establishments created by enduring patterns of collective  behavior in society. These structures limit or influence the opportunities that  individuals have Agency: the power that individuals have to act and make change in society In modern society, obedience is a central mechanism for organizing our social  world Americans are “locked into a structure and they do not have the skills or inner  resources to disengage themselves” Max Weber: 1864-1920 germany wrote the “protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism” where he showed how  Calvinism helped to influence the expansion of capitalism weber married his cousin Max Weber on authority: Legitimate authority: those actions and ideas seen as justified by both the  ruler and the ruled o The law o Customs/norms
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Sociology 1: Week 2 15:35 o Charismatic individuals Our actions and interactions are carried out in a system that Max Weber calls  rationalization The process  by which actions and interactions become ruled by efficiency, 
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Sociology 1 Notes - Sociology1:Week1 15:35

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