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Unformatted text preview: CHAPTER 1: THE SOCIOLOGICAL I MAGINATION SECTION 1 What is Sociology? o The systematic study of social interaction at a variety of levels Some sociologists argue interactions arent regular/patterned o Interaction Between individuals Dating couple Co workers Between groups Newcomers/old timers in a community High school cliques Between nations & societies Immigration patterns Economic globalization o Application What would happen is we didnt have patterned interaction? Difficult socialization Awkward communication No traffic patterns? Shopping? Payments? Why do we Need Sociology? o Some people argue that sociology is just common sense Common sense makes obvious difficult Sociology goes beyond common sense o Application The death penalty reduces crime? FALSE Opposites attract? FALSE o Beyond Common Sense Common sense often distorts reality by being subjective & ignoring reality Common sense is often contradictory Common sense perceptions change over time, within & across cultures Much of common sense is based on myths & misconceptions SECTION 2 According to C. Wright M ills, the sociological imaginations is the ability to see the connection between individual lives & larger social influences o Sociological imagination sees the connection between personal troubles (biography) & public (public/historical) issues o Applications: Divorce: both personal & public Violence Microsociology o This focuses on small scale patterns of individuals social...
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 2000 taught by Professor Someone during the Spring '11 term at University of Central Florida.

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