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1 The Sociological Imagination Sociological Imagination Sociological Imagination: the ability to see relationships between individual experiences and the larger society ± i.e. personal troubles as public issues What is Sociology? Sociology focuses on patterns of human behavior It is… ± The systematic study of social behavior and human groups, more specifically Sociology studies the influence of social relationships how societies are established & change over time
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2 What is Society? Æ Society is a group of people who are united by social relationships, usually meeting the following criteria: 2.) occupy definite physical location 3.) substantial periods of existence 4.) share a culture Society - Two Main Components 1. Culture - a society’s way of life - a complex pattern of living that humans have developed and pass from one generation to the next ± Examples of culture might include symbols, gestures, artifacts, and norms of behavior Society - Two Main Components 2. Structure - typical patterns of a group, including various elements of social class, status, roles, groups, & institutions
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3 ± Culture and Structure are Social Facts - patterned
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