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The Sociological Imagination Friday January 20th,  2012
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What is sociology?
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Sociology Defined as “the scientific study of social behavior  and human groups” (Schaefer, 2010; 3) Looks at how social relationships influence attitudes  and behavior. Examines how societies are established and how  they change.
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Sociology and Common Sense “Common Sense” knowledge typically comes from  opinions and experiences Opinions and experiences differ across societies In Sociology, we rely on data and research For example, are women more talkative than men?
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Sociological Imagination C. Wright Mills- 1959 “The ability to see our private experiences, personal  difficulties, and achievements as, in part, a  reflection of the structural arrangements of society  and the times in which we live” (Hughes and  Kroehler, 2011; 7)
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Sociological Imagination Ability to view your own society as an outsider  would Think about other societies.  “People conform to expected and acceptable  behavior” Ex:  Japan and eating, Marriage ceremonies
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Micro- and Macro-Sociology Micro-Sociology Every day interactions Small-scale Ex. Tally’s Street Corner Society
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