Chap 1 (Intro)-1 - Why Study Sociology? 1. To understand...

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Why Study Sociology? 1. To understand – sociology is the “study of society” 2. Encourages critical thinking – Famous Peter Berger quote: “It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this – things are not what they seem” 3. Knowledge of social forces gives us power over those forces 4. Ultimately, make the world a better place?
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Origins of Sociology Sociology grew out of social upheaval of early 1800s Industrial Revolution - Europe changing from agricultural to factory, rural to urban Cities depressing places… The upheaval of the times got people questioning and demanding answers
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The Discovery Of Social Facts In 1825, the French Ministry of Justice began to collect criminal justice statistics. Soon, they began collecting data on activities such as suicide, illegitimate births and military desertion. Became known as moral statistics because of the moral implications of the activities.
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André Michel Guerry Became fascinated with the statistics and devoted himself to interpreting them. In 1833, he published the Moral Statistics of France and launched sociology.
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Guerry’s Research: Stability and Variation Rates were stable
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Chap 1 (Intro)-1 - Why Study Sociology? 1. To understand...

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