9.6 - S110: Charts, Graphs and Tables September 6, 2011 I....

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S110: Charts, Graphs and Tables September 6, 2011 I. Theoretical Perspectives A. What is a theory? 1. A theory is a set of statements that seeks to explain problems, actions or behavior. 2. A theory is the framework or paradigm under which assumptions can be made, and tested empirically. 3. An effective theory may have both explanatory and predictive power. E.g. Durkheim’s suicide 1. Social factors were linked to suicide rates. 2. Suicide rates are higher in times of peace rather than in times of war. a. This may be because when people are doing well and are happy, some people may feel like other people are better than them. B. Functionalist Perspective 1. Society= living organism 2. Individuals, groups, and organizations are structured to maintain social stability. 3. Values and norms are important for maintaining stability. (Ex. Wearing clothes). 4. Dysfunctions a. A dysfunction refers to an element or process of a society that may actually disrupt the social system. b.
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course SOC 110 taught by Professor Latouche during the Fall '11 term at Indiana.

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9.6 - S110: Charts, Graphs and Tables September 6, 2011 I....

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