Sept14 - SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology Social...

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1 SOCIOLOGY 101 Introduction to Sociology Social Structure Preliminary definitions ± Society : A relatively self-contained and self- sufficient social group. ± Agency : What humans do to break free of, manipulate, change, or play with, the structural and cultural conditions they face. ± Stratification : The unequal distribution of rewards (property, power, prestige) in a group or a society.
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2 “Structure” as distributions of types of persons or classes ± (population) density ± age ratios ± sex ratios, i.e., male:female ± other kinds of population ratios, or distributions: ² black:white ² ethnic albanian:ethnic serb ² think of a ‘tipping game’ ± KEY POINT: We can know something about a group's dynamic without knowing anything about the individuals comprising it. Society as a set of social structures ± The impact of social structure is very real , it acts like a physical force. ± Societies are stratified into classes
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