SOC 101 Topic 1 Qs - SOC 101 Topic 1 1. What did early...

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SOC 101 – Topic 1 1. What did early European social scientists find about patterns of suicide in Europe? (pp. 4-6) Guerry, Quetelet, and Durkheim. In any given French city or department, year after year, almost exactly the same number of people committed suicide, etc; also, around nearly the same KINDS of people committed suicide, etc. The rates often varied greatly in one place than the other too. Guerry concluded that the forces outside the individual cause the incredible stability and equally incredible variations form place to place: social forces like population density and economic development could be named as the cause. Quetelet developed the idea of the “average person” and stressed that the stability of crime and suicide rates in any particular place forces the admission that society plays an immense role in shaping individual behavior. What does a "social fact" mean? (Course Notes) A “social fact” is the social reality that sociologists should study, according to Durkheim. 2. How did Durkheim, a founding father of sociology, explain these patterns? (Course Notes) Durkheim explained these patterns through examining the strength of group ties in their social settings. For example, he argued that suicide rates were higher during summer months than during winter months, not because season or temperature directly affected a
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2012 for the course SOC 101 taught by Professor A during the Summer '09 term at University of Wisconsin Colleges Online.

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