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Sociological Perspectives and Sociological Research The study of human behavior in society A scientific was to think about society and its influence on humans A persons place in society establishes the limits and possibilities of a life o The pay gap has recently increased between college-educated women and men Seeing the strange in the familiar Giving up o The familiar idea that we live life in terms of our own decisions o In favor of the strange notion that society shapes those decisions Involves the ability to see societal patterns that influence individual and group life C. Wright Mills: The Sociological Imagination Two situations allow clear sight of how society shapes individual lives (what?) Outsider o Not part of the dominant group What groups exist at the margins of society? What makes them different? How? Why? To become better at using the sociological perspective o Step back from familiar routines o
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