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DR. RAOUL S. LIÉVANOSUNIVERSITY OF OREGONDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGYSoc 310: Social TheoryWEEK 1: MARCH 30 – APRIL 3, 2020LECTURE SLIDES PART 1
Week 1, Part 1 Lecture Slides ContentsIntroduction to the Sociological ImaginationOverview and purpose of “visual sociology” article for this courseSpecific reading: Grauerholz, Liz and Marc Settembrino. 2016. “Teaching Inequalities: Using Public Transportation and Visual Sociology to Make It Real.” Teaching Sociology 44(3):200-211. Introduction to Sociological TheorySpecific reading:Introduction (pp. 1-19) in Edles, Laura Desfor and Scott Appelrouth. 2015. Sociological Theory in the Classical Era: Text and Readings, 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
The Sociological ImaginationObjective of this section of the slides: Introduce students to the “sociological imagination” that will be used in this class. Note: Week 1, Part 1” video recording by Dr. Liévanos accompanies these slides. 3
4“No social study that does not come back to the problems of biography, of historyand of their intersections within a societyhas completed its intellectual journey” (Mills [1959] 2000:6). BiographySocietyHistoryWhat is the Sociological Imagination?
SOCIOLOGICALIMAGINATIONSociology: The systematic study of patterned human interaction…In groups…Across institutional contexts…Across space…Across time.Sociology questions: the “natural,” “familiar,” and “taken-for-granted.”Personal Experiences / Social IdentitySpatial ContextHistorical ContextSocial InstitutionsGroup MembershipFigure 1: Our Schematic of the Sociological Imagination5
SOCIOLOGICALIMAGINATIONEarly American sociology (1890s-1930s): prominent at the University of Chicago Emerging perspective: “Chicago School”Emphasized empirical research + …focus on how people’s behaviors and personalities are shaped by their social and physical environments.Connects to theorists like Durkheim & SimmelConnects to spatial and historical context6Personal Experiences / Social IdentitySpatial ContextHistorical ContextSocial InstitutionsGroup MembershipFigure 1: Our Schematic of the Sociological Imagination
SOCIOLOGICALIMAGINATION“The Sociological Imagination” by C. Wright Mills (1959) Elaborated on theChicago School +Political economy andpower theories (from Marx & Weber) = A perspective, emphasizing relationships between: (1) personal experiences and social identity to (2) group membership and social institutions to (3) spatial and historical context.Personal Experiences / Social IdentitySpatial ContextHistorical ContextSocial InstitutionsGroup MembershipFigure 1: Our Schematic of the Sociological Imagination7
Personal Experiences / Social IdentitySpatial ContextHistorical ContextSocial InstitutionsGroup MembershipSOCIOLOGICALIMAGINATIONSocial identity: The way individuals are defined by others+The way they define themselves in relationship to others.

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