SOC 1 924 - SOCI 1 Lecture Notes 09/24/10 Social and...

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SOCI 1 Lecture Notes 09/24/10 Social and Cultural Structures: Creating our collective and individual lives Summary Social structures (durable patterns of relationships, e.g., institutions (patterns of broadly shared, taken-for-granted ideas and values that interpret social structures) SHAPE Life chances (Objective probability that members of your group has to improve their quality of life (e.g., get education, earn certain income, survive) SOCIAL STRUCTURES = recurring patterns of behavior Societal economic systems (mode of production, e.g., capitalism Institutions E.g., University, workplace, religious organization Social networks E.g., Friends, Sorority sisters CULTURAL STRUCTURES = recurring, patterned symbols, ideas and values. •Shared by many in a society •Partly internalized. •More-or-less coherent logic. Examples of Cultural Structures Divine Right of Kings (Marx) The American Dream or Meritocracy Ideology (Johnson)
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