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Class notes 02.21.08 - T-Square - Introduction to Sociology...

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Introduction to Sociology 1101A Spring 2008 Class Notes 02.21.08 I. Why are we talking about globalization, global trade and things like the NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) in a sociology class? A. American society is becoming increasingly linked to societies throughout the world, thanks to the Internet, CNN, etc. B. Globalization of businesses and trade affects U.S. society when, for example, almost 900,000 people may have lost their jobs due to NAFTA. These unemployed people experience very difficult times and also create a burden for our economy and social service system. C. We can appreciate that many of the material possessions that make our lives comfortable, that make our possessions affordable or that convey social status are manufactured in second and third world countries for our benefit (e.g., cell phones, computers, cars, clothing). D. We can appreciate the fact that American society is stratified based on a social class system that allows for some social climbing rather than, for example,
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC 1101 taught by Professor Ruddiman during the Spring '08 term at Georgia Institute of Technology.

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