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ISS 210, SECTION 9, FALL, 2006 STUDY GUIDE FOR THE READING ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE FIRST EXAM NOTE: This study guide covers all of the material you will need to know from the reading assignments for the first exam. In addition to this material, you will also need to know the material presented in course lectures, which is not covered in this study guide. Brownstein, Chapter 1 1. Many people during the twentieth century thought about society in terms of its structures and functions. This view sees society as: * A distinct entity, with its own form, operating through institutionalized structures as a system of interrelated parts working together to maintain a commonly recognized and appreciated social order. 2. From the perspective of people who view society in terms of its structure and functions, social problems occur when? * The social order becomes disorganized or when the people living in society do not adhere to the institutionalized standards of behavior established through social norms. 3. Following in the nineteenth century tradition of Karl Marx, other twentieth social thinkers looked at society in terms of: * Conflict between different categories of people detached and isolated from each other by their competition over the resource necessary for living. 4. For conflict theorists, social problems are the product of: * Conflict between groups or categories of people. People battle over the resources of society, including not only wealth but also power and prestige. They join themselves with others or separate themselves from others on the basis of social class, race, ethnicity, gender, or even age. 5. For theorists who follow in the tradition of George Herbert Mead and Charles Horton Colley, society is made up of: * Actions and interactions of people who act, interact, and therefore live in relation to one another. 6. From the perspective of those who follow in the tradition of George Herbert Mead and Charles Horton Cooley [known as symbolic interactionists], social problems are said to exist when: * certain actions or behaviors are labeled as problems. 7. In their book, Sociology – A Bibliographical Approach , Peter and Brigette Berger define society as: * society is our experience with other people around us.
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8. The most immediate and obvious way we experience other people around us is at the micro-level of social experience. This consists of: *sharing space and time with other people. They are in our everyday experience. If they are in our path we need to step around them to get past. If they say something in our presence we can hear them. If they do something in our presence we can see them. 9. What types of social experiences do we encounter at the macro level, and how do these relate to the concept of social institutions? *on this level, society presents itself to us as if it were an objective reality. We
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This note was uploaded on 04/04/2008 for the course ISS 210 taught by Professor Zimmerman during the Fall '08 term at Michigan State University.

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