SOC 43 Final Exam Review
May 12, 2010
Some Key Theoretical and Analytic Questions
The Micro-Macro link:
What is the connection between microsituations and
(Goffman, Collins, Coleman, Hechter).
Goffman – circumspectly
Coleman – subtle way
Hechter – subtle
Structuralists (macro), Situationalists (micro), Rational Choice
(micro), share micro level idea
Different understanding of what micro is
The problem of “deviance”: Why has so much of our course preoccupied
itself with “deviant” (as opposed to “normal”) social interactions?
we learn about the interaction order from the machinations of con-artists,
potheads, gang turf enforcers, prima donna athletes, “passers”, corrupt
leaders, and bad parents?
Lyman & Scott, Fine, Goffman,
Coleman, Horne et al.)
Deviant actions, breaches, interactions that are not normal
Can learn from non-normal behavior, and significance of
deviant social interaction, manipulative
The Organization of Interaction: Why does Goffman call the “interaction
order” an “order”?
Is this term appropriate, given what we have learned
about how microsituational interactions work?
In some ways, it has been argued, the success of group
solidarity depends equally on the formation of symbolic and social
Why are boundaries so important, how are they maintained, and
what are the risks associated with their construction?