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Intro to SociologyChapter 1: What Is Sociology?22 August 2012Intro – Timmerman, shoes, balanceMultinational corporations (MNCs) – have a responsibility to workers in foreign countries?Subcontracted- how close are the ties?Sociology: scientific study of social behavior and human groups- interconnective natureHow relationships influence behavior and cause changes oSociological perspectiveoGeneral patterns in behavior of particularsoSocial class affecting marriage expectations?Differences; patterns of marriage. Shaped by handoUpper v. lower class women?oMaid in Manhattan?oShared similarity in lifestyle, categorization. Even with uniqueness in each individualoSociology – aggregate problems (wider area)oTake in div. case and form patterns of behavior within goodsoPatterns influence individual behaviors?oGroup influence?oSocial learners – subconsciously lerningoConformityoInspiring individuality; expressionoDriving on certain sides of the roadoSocial inequality – distribution of resources, capital, influence, and poweroWho has what and why?oPerpetual of social inequalityoEthos of social mobilityoSTRATIFICATIONoSocio-economic distinction of class based on a shared position with in a larger systemoExample: upper/middle/lower classBased on gender, race, religionoWhat is your social class?How do we define those lines?Tending to group with family backgroundWho are you comparing yourself to?oSociology – is a social scienceooHuman behavior, activities, conditions, and organizationsoDiffers than pure human behaviorIs not history anthropology economy etc.Is not physical sciences (world and its workings)oSociological imaginationoC. Wright MillsAbility to think critically about social systems that we live in
oSocial systems – “fishbowl” – Mills brought us out of the fishbowloAbility to understand individual place in larger society oExample: sportsoFootball- why so popular in the USA? While soccer lacks the following it has around the worldEconomic argumentPhysical violence – “crazy aspect of it”Cultural perspectiveFaster experienceAmerican culture/cultural affinityElements that speak to American cultureoWould you consider an arranged marriage?oContext of marriage – emotional v. financial supportoContinuation of traditional valuesoApprehensiveness due to globalizationoCurrent event with media attentionoTrady law martin case?oHow media depicts issues – opinion leaders oPresidential electionSocioeconomic classes, cultural background, and how demographics fall into party linesDetermine how people will voteoSociological imagination Think individually about issues in ways you have not considered before24 August 2012o

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