Sociology Notes, 9-30, 10-5, 10-7

Sociology Notes, 9-30, 10-5, 10-7 - S ociology Notes...

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Sociology Notes 9/28/10, 9.30.10, 10.5.10 last class: Weber surplus- accumulation of resources - great buildup of capital A. Social Experience 1. Society proceeds along an ideological course- What makes us human? a. Mogli from the jungle book vs. Jeanie’s inhibited development in L.A. “feral” children, animalistic, no personal hygiene b. Animal “parents”- Victor of Aveyron running around naked in the wild with the animals on the outskirts of France. c. “Animal” parents- animal= non-human, Amalia and Kumala (autistic girls raised by wolves), problem was with humans raising them. d. all these examples stress the importance of socialization ; learn about symbols and values and socially accepted behaviors e. sociological biological development- being shaped by socialization 2. Dueling Dualism: Nature vs Nurture a. Biological construction i. Essential quality ii. A force which directs the world iii. The world itself b. Bodies are socially constructed c. Culture determines who we will become as humans d. Humans share same genetic makeup as fruit flies, worms and mice. i. Same biological components through the idea of Nurture, social construction and culture, we have evolved ii. Genomes: hardware iii. Epigenomes: software, perform functions, how to biologically develop 9.30.10 Nature- Biological forces Nurture- Socialization/ social construction Critical period hypothesis - key period of time in child development when language can begin to take hold, and without a nurturing environment, the child will be unable to acquire language— child needs nurturing environment, humanity put on right track, if not= Jeanie Massai reading - community is the most powerful social force, circumscision is to bring them closer to the community (what would happen if they we’re shunned), if you want to be a warrior, you have to be one under their conditions, tests their courage for more challenging circumstances, shaping individuals
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to follow rules of society Two basic functions of socialization: Didactic - teaching method, the day to day interactions that leads to personal formation Values, beliefs, behaviors Regulative – in one sense, we want people to know their place in society, but socialization is
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