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Study+Guide+Test+One.Fall2010 - Contemporary Sociological...

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Contemporary Sociological Theory:    Checklist of important concepts for Test 1 Test date:   10/6 (Wed.) See also any supplements on Sakai: Folder with resources for Test 1 Use the following as a guide. Any material that we have used, even if not listed below, could show up on the test. Theory basics : Concepts: Comparing perspectives (structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interaction), Ontology and Epistemology Micro and macro structures, Agency, What was the period we now call the Enlightenment? What is Meant by agency? – being able to be creative, and being able to go beyond the bounds of the group.. one way to think about it is in terms of george Herbert mead, - classical/contemporary theorist, used the concept of the eye in the me. He was a micro sociologist. If we are thinking about how people operate on a day to bay basis, and the ME phase of conciousness reflects the standardness of the needs of the group. In the ME phase we are more like a ROBOT phase, not as CRITICAL, going along with the expectations of the group. People don’t just conform constantly, we are also individuals and we like our individualism in America. There are many differences between macro and micro-level theories. Micro- level focuses on individuals and their interactions. For example the relationship between adult children and their parents, or the effect of negative attitudes on older people. Some criticize on micro-level theories becuase they focus on what older people do rather than on social conditions and policies that cause them to act the way they do. Macro-level focuses more upon social structure, social processes and problems, and their interrelationships. For example the effects of industrialization on older people's status, or how gender and income affect older people's well being.
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