134lecture02(jan12)bw - Sociologys beginnings The...

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1 © 2005 David Schweingruber The Sociological Paradox Jan. 12, 2005 http://www.iastate.edu/~soc.134 © 2005 David Schweingruber Sociology’s beginnings “Sociology” coined by Comte Scientific approach to studying human society Response to industrialization, urbanization & political revolution Major changes raised awareness of societal influence on individuals Comte: How can people be both cause and consequence of society? Auguste Comte (1798-1857) © 2005 David Schweingruber From Newman’s preface “I have chosen the image of architecture in the subtitle to convey one of the driving themes of this book: Society is a human construction. Society is not “out there” somewhere waiting to be visited and examined. It exists in the minute details of our day-to-day lives. Whenever we follow its rules or break them, enter its roles or shed them, work to change things or keep them as they are, we are adding another nail, plank, or frame to the structure of our society. In short, society—like the buildings around us—couldn’t exist were it not for the actions of people.
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 220 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '10 term at Rutgers.

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