class 3--1.26 - Common stock of knowledge: Societies have...

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Common stock of knowledge : Societies have shared knowledge that comes somewhat inherent, how to survive, how to act, etc. o Example: The things we do on a daily basis such as get dressed and go to work or school. o This is the society’s definitions of a wide variety of different situations that the people are likely to encounter. o This develops over time as the society develops. William I. Thomas – “the Thomas Theorum o If man defines situations as “real,” then they are real in their consequence. “I think, therefore I am.” o Once you define a situation you act towards the situation according to your definition. Example: Bush declared Sadam Hussein as bad and the things that happened after that were very real! o Within societies, members have shared definitions of wide varieties of things Proper form of gov’t, nudity, greetings, whatever Peter Berger – describes 3 step process by which societies develop roles 1. Externalization – Person A transmits knowledge to Person B
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This note was uploaded on 10/30/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 3601 taught by Professor O'neil during the Spring '11 term at LSU.

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class 3--1.26 - Common stock of knowledge: Societies have...

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