Sociology 4401 The Family

Sociology 4401 The Family - Sociology4401TheFamily 15:27

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Sociology 4401   The Family 15:27 The mythical U.S. family The myth of harmonious family  Myth of separate worlds  Myth of Monolithic family form  Myth of Undifferentiated family experience  Myth of Family Conesus  o Difficult to achieve because everyone has different needs and wants Myth of Family breakdowns as the cause of social problems WWII brought the nation together Became a mixed culture Family is class based Social and economical grouping We have our own views of our family and the are also views that the media  throws at us Family is full of individuals o This makes the family a difficult institution  Nuclear family  o Two married adults  o Biological offspring o The idea of just one family (nuclear) being superior just isn’t true anymore o Resources are the key Perspective of your family depends on your location in the family o Gender  o Age
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o Place among the family Thomas theory o Self fulfilling prophecy  The structure-agency debate within the social sciences Framework in which the sciences interact with each other o Structure   agency o Agency  structure o Our actions are a combination o the two The social structure o Theory : structural determinism More liberal Looks at how structure plays a part Artifact of location o Theory : American Individualism  More conservative Looks at a persons individual traits C Wright Mills came up with the phrase  sociological imagination o is the perspective on human action that attempts to understand it as the  result of the intersection among the history of a society, its social structure  and the biography of the human actor o ask 3 questions what is the structure of this particular society as a whole where does it stand in human history what varieties of men and women now prevail in this society and in this  particular period in history o have to know the history, structure and people of a society
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social forces o forces outside us that shape our lives and actions sociology explores determinants that are fashioned in the broader arena of  social interaction and cant be explained in a psychic or biological makeup  sociology studies social behavior and focuses on social relationships, how  relationships influence behavior and how society develops and changes Sociology Vs. Psychology o Sociology is more macro Deals with others o Psychology is mirco Deals with self and ones own cognitive thoughts the scientific study of the behavior of individuals and their mental  processes o Social Psychology The branch of psychology that studies the effect of social variables on 
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 4401 taught by Professor Michealgrimes during the Spring '10 term at LSU.

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