Soc108oaoer1 - Carl Miller Sociology 108 1/22/08 Sociology...

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Carl Miller Sociology 108 1/22/08 Sociology Sociology is “the systematic study of human society and social interaction” according to Diana Kendall in her book Sociology in our times. Sociology attempts to determine why people act the way they do in a group setting. Observation is key to understanding how people act in a social setting. For this reason it is important to observe people in all sorts of different social situations. I observed social interactions in the lobby of my residence hall. Everyone who resides in the Mae Smith building has to pass through the lobby to enter or exit the building, so the group I observed was very broad. Functionalism views sociology as a “system of highly interrelated structures as parts that function or operate together harmoniously.” (Durkham.) From my observations of the Lobby in the Mae Smith residence hall I determined a lot about the social group of undergraduate students. Thought my observations I saw many different people from all different social circles and backgrounds, but they all shared one commonality and it is
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course SOC 108 taught by Professor Shumaker during the Spring '08 term at SIU Carbondale.

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Soc108oaoer1 - Carl Miller Sociology 108 1/22/08 Sociology...

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