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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Sociology – Day 7
Sources of Cultural Change
• A change in societal conditions
• Cultural diffusion
• Imposition of cultural change by an outside agency
• Status refers to a position within a group
• Ascribed statuses: those which are assigned to us/we cannot change
o Age, family, background
• Achieved statuses: choice/competition
o College student, wrestling team towel manager
• Of primary importance/overshadow other statuses in our own minds/those of others
• A key/core status
o Carries primary weight in a person’s interactions/relationships with others
o Race, Class, Gender
• Behaviors culturally defined as appropriated to a particular status
Are the expected behavior
Role performance is the actual behavior
Role Set: multiple roles attached to a single status
o The role set of the under-/graduate student?
How did you fill out your “20 statements test?”
o Biological/biographical info?
o Roles/Statuses Socialization
• What is Socialization?
• Why is it important?
• What are outcomes of socialization?
• Is socialization the same for everyone?
Formal and Informal Learning
• Dress at work is a form of socialization Agents of Socialization
• The Family
o The family serves as a major agent of socialization especially of the young
• The Media
o 18,000 simulated murders on TV in a lifetime
o Women have the tendency to be depicted as sexual objects via the media
o Peers are an important agent of socialization
o Young girls and boys learn society’s images of what they are supposed to be
through the socialization process
o Children tend to develop the same religious beliefs as their parents
o Answers life’s big questions
o Concepts of self
o Body competence for girls
o What cultural expectations?
o To whom do teachers’ pay more attention? Gender Race
o Hidden curriculum? Spelling bees(competiveness) ...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2011 for the course SOC 1113 taught by Professor Webb during the Fall '06 term at Oklahoma State.
- Fall '06