NOTES - SOCIOLOGY 1-systematic study of social...

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SOCIOLOGY 1: 3/30/10 -systematic study of social life -organization of society -what they think and do -how and why societies change -basic change and form -how people fight and struggle to change society itself -why? Who? When? How? Who said so? -the real world is often not what you think it is. Looking for the things behind the things. -CW Mills: Men often feel that their private lives are a series of traps, yet they don’t or can’t define the troubles they endure in terms of the societies in which they live -society is external to the individual but it is not an all-powerful machine that controls us -always the choice: freedom or cheerful robot 4/01/10 Globalization Simulation Exercise 4/06/10 THE SOCIOLOGICAL IMAGINATION: The picture or the story of the world we are living in… - A specter is haunting Europe -founders of sociology: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels -they were trying to understand the world they lived in -it was complicated, emergent and different from what it was before -Karl Marx’s “Communist Manifesto” a specter is haunting Europe -appearance of a new type of person/group was the industrial worker -new rhythms of life -Emile Durkheim and Max Weber tried to understand this new sociological society -what are the human consequences of this new way of organizing society -Durkheim: alienation, disassociation -Weber: the iron cage of the state -Durkheim: what kind of world relies on a division of labor that splits not the job but the person too; society replaced the collective effervescence (sparkle) of religious views -Weber wanted to know what kind of society could pruduce free change but produce democracy -The color line: W.E.B. Dubois
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-see what were in the pictures of these world views -the core of what he saw was missing was “the color line” -souls of black folks problem of 20 th century is problem of the color line -did door-to-door surveys of black people; Philadelphia studies -co-founder of NWACP -Dispossession and city life: Jane Addams -Dubois’s colleague -scholar activist -only sociologist to win a Nobel Peace Prize -never had a real job -Jane Addams lived and worked in a poor black community -what kind of society dispossessed its immigrants; what society invites its visitors to work and then displaces them in slums -devoted her life to CHANGE -Settle house movement: early right to settle movement -self organized community projects -housing, education, health care for immigrants Sociology: a critical effort to clarify the struggles and the wishes of the age -what are the problems of our time? Who’s benefit? What consequences? What cost? What kinds of trouble does this social order make for people? What should be done? What is being done? C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) -book published in 1959 -intended as a serious “kickass” critique of sociology -help people understand their lives in historical and social context in which they are living in -abstract empiricism: facts without meaning -born into middle-class Catholic family -grew up in various cities in Texas
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