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Lecture 1 1.6 - The Sociological Imagination January 6,...

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The Sociological Imagination January 6, 2011
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Developing a Sociological Perspective Sociology is the study of human society . S ociological imagination : the ability to connect one’s personal experiences to society at large and greater historical forces. Using our sociological imagination allows us to “make the familiar strange,” or to question habits or customs that seem “natural” to us. 2
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Developing a Sociological Perspective What Is the Sociological Imagination? What we believe to be true or “natural” is strongly influenced by historical and social forces Thinking imaginatively and detaching from preconceived ideas about social relationships Putting things in a wider context Seeing daily activity as a reflection of larger social issues
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The Development of Social Thinking Theories and Theoretical Approaches Sociology not only explores how things happen by also why they happen We need theories to help us make sense of facts Sociologists disagree about how to study human behavior and how to interpret results
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The Development of Social Thinking Early Theorists Auguste Comte Invented the word sociology Sociology should contribute to the welfare of humanity by using science to understand and predict human behavior
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This note was uploaded on 03/28/2011 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor Ivester during the Spring '11 term at Bay State.

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Lecture 1 1.6 - The Sociological Imagination January 6,...

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