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Unformatted text preview: Midterm Study Guide* *This is a guide that will help you study for the exam. You should use these questions to help you study the course material. That said, this guide is not designed to be a comprehensive key to the exam. What is the relationship between structure and agency? • Structure – Recurrent patterned arrangements which seem to influence or limit the choices and opportunities that individuals possess • Agency – The capacity of an individual to act independently and make their own free choices. What did C. Wright Mills mean by “the sociological imagination?” The set of mind that allows individuals to see the relationship between events in their personal lives and events in their society and to discern the relationship between large-scale social forces and the actions of individuals What does Mills mean when he argues that people ought to escape the “private orbits in which they live?” That the histories of individual men and women make up the history of society and that they need to What did Durkheim argue in his book Suicide? The stronger social control and integrated community the catholics had reduced their number of suicides while Protestant numbers rose due to a less integrated community. Part I: What is a social problem?-What is the objectivist definition of a social problem? A social problem is a condition that undermines the wellbeing of some or all members of a society and that is usually a matter of public controversy.”-What are the problems with an objectivist definition of a social problem? Social Problems are too broad to fit this definition which must include war, poverty, etc The issues that we consider “social problems” are not a transparent representation of conditions on the ground (i.e. what was considered equal for women has changed over time) Some of our most divisive social problems are controversial precisely because we can’t agree on whether they are social problems(gay marriage, abortion) Even when we do agree that an issue is a social problem, we often disagree about why that issue is a problem-What kinds of questions would an objectivist ask about a social problem? What kinds of -What kinds of questions would an objectivist ask about a social problem?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:103 taught by Professor Kempner during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.
- Fall '11