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Unformatted text preview: 10/13 (Wed) 8:10-9:30 20 questions (20 pts) All multiple-choice All readings/lectures from 9/8 to 10/6 You dont need to agree with all the viewpoints BUT, you need to know whats the main points of additional readings Going through lecture slides! Mills, 1959. The Promise of Sociology. The connection between the patterns of individuals own lives and the course of world history is missing . Sociological imagination enables the individuals to re-connect their own life experiences and their historical period The distinction between the private troubles/ the public issues Why we need sociological imagination Best The ( unintended ) consequences of one popular form of policy talk : declaring war on social problems Declaring war on social problems may cause unrealistic expectations on social policies and even distort our understanding of social problems The advantages and disadvantages of choosing war as a metaphor to talk policy Troubling implications of declaring war on social problems Objective element of a social problem -The existence of a social condition -what people see, hear, read.. Subjective element of a social problem -the belief that a particular social condition is harmful to society as a whole or to a segment of society and that it should and can be changed -what people feel A social problem is a social condition that a segment of society views as harmful to members of society and in need of remedy. The variations in what is considered a social problem come mainly from the subjective element Society is a system of interconnected parts that work together in harmony to maintain a state of balance and social equilibrium for the whole. functional : if a social element contributes to social stability dysfunctional : if a social element disrupts social stability (Some elements of society can both be functional and dysfunctional) Manifest functions : consequences that are Intended Latent functions : consequences that are unintended the function of poverty as a good example of SFP research Why some negative elements persist in society?...
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