11-9 - 9/15 Outline Sociocultural Systems Macrostructure I...

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9/15 Outline Sociocultural Systems: Macrostructure I. Basic components a. Material infrastructure, social structure, ideological superstructure II. An approach to understanding social change a. “social evolution” and the “logical priority of infrastructure” Question: What is society? Answer: 1. Collections of individuals who together make use of various means of adapting to their physical environments. At the most basic level, society is “about” adaption . 2. Collections of individuals who engage in patterned forms of social conduct, a range of patterned behaviors that is emblematic of their society. 3. Distinctive to human societies: collections of individuals who create shared beliefs and values designed to make sense of the behavior, patterned ideational systems that are emblematic of their society. Question: How do we go about organizing all of the action that goes on within society? Ex: the “patterned behavior” in a typical college classroom
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