Chap 2 (Social) - Society Any relatively self-contained and...

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Society Any relatively self-contained and self- sufficient group united by social relationships. Two central components of society: Social Structure and Culture
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Social Structures Any characteristics of a group rather than of individuals. % No Religion, Mobility, Population density, % Female, Age composition are all characteristics of the group E.g., Age composition a predictor of crime – % teens and young adults a social structural explanation of crime. Most common, most important is stratification
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Stratification: “To be layered” To say that all societies are stratified is to say that people are ranked depending on which categories they belong to Unequal distribution of rewards associated with these ranks (power, status, $, etc.) Societies might be stratified along any of a number of continuums (class, caste, gender, religion) Some ranks assigned at birth (ascribed status), some on merits/accomplishments (achieved status)
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The pattern of living that directs human social life. Everything that humans learn and the things they learn to use. language, religions, science, art, notions of
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2011 for the course SYG 2000 taught by Professor Joos during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.

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