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soc101_soc-theory_0125-012710 - What is Sociology &...

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Unformatted text preview: What is Sociology & Sociological Theory Soc 101: Intro Sociology Monday January 25 & Wednesday January 27, 2010 Sociological Imagination (Mills 1959) Human lives are the intersection of “biography” and “history.” “An individual can understand his [sic] own experience and gauge his own fate only by locating himself within his period.” Importance of social norms Humans are socialized to behave in accordance with informal rules that guide behavior. Even in the absence of direct punishment, we generally know what the “rules for life” are. The “rules” may vary by gender, age, social class, religion, national origin, and so on… Social group memberships matter Our social categories are not deterministic, however they do expose us to different opportunities and obstacles. Psychologists focus on inner, psychological attributes yet sociologists note that social structures and institutions also shape our lives, preferences, attitudes, etc… Importance of globalization IKEA furniture (Sweden) Wii games (Japan) H&M fashions (Sweden) L'Oreal shampoos or beauty products (France) Samsung cellphone or personal assistant (S. Korea) Molson beer (Canada) Birkenstock sandals (Germany) Diesel jeans (Italy) Apple I-phone (U.S., China) Globalization is the process of world interdependence. Why did Jason Altom and Elizabeth Shin commit suicide? Jason Altom was a 26 y.o. grad student at Harvard. He drank a liquid laced with cyanide from the lab where he worked. His suicide note said “Professors here have too much power over the lives of their grad students.” Elizabeth Shin was a 19 y.o. sophomore at MIT. She grew up in Livingston, NJ although her parents were raised in S. Korea. She set herself on fire, after repeated threats to kill herself. What are your theories as to why they killed themselves?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/16/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 101 taught by Professor Clarke during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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