CLD 102 notes Chapter 1

CLD 102 notes Chapter 1 - Andrew Foster Jr CLD 102 The...

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Andrew Foster Jr. CLD 102 1/18/11 The Social Imagination C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) A particular way of viewing and understanding the relationships between our personal experiences and events and conditions in the larger society. Should lead us to ask: o What are people doing here with each other? o What are the relationships among the people? o How did these relationships emerge? o How will these relationships face the outcome of this social situation? Allows us to see society not as something given, or to be taken-for-granted, but as the outcome or personal experience and interactions among people. Human behavior is largely shaped by the group to which we belong and social interaction that takes place within these groups. Because all people have different social experiences, they have different understandings of the nature of the social world in which they live. Human events have different levels of meaning which leads to different responses among people to the same events. Basic Assumptions of Sociological Perspective Humans are by their nature social beings. Individual’s behavior & ways of thinking about the world are, to a great extent, socially determined Invividuals create, sustain, and change the social groups & societies within which they live. Individual behavior & ways of thinking about the world are modified when they act within the context of groups. Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) The “father” of modern sociology Established sociology as a discipline in France Held a functionalist view of society
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Works include The Division of Labor in Society
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2011 for the course CLD 102 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Kentucky.

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