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Sociology often introduces students to “ inconvenient   facts First to describe facts as inconvenient – MAX WEBER Inconvenient facts are hard to accept because People tend to be ethnocentric People often are unable to practice cultural relativism People (esp. Americans) are every individualistic MOST AMERICANS ARE NOT CRITICAL THINKERS  TRENDS.  Involve many people. If only a few people are doing something, we don’t really care to  much. But is there is a big trend in society then SOCIOLOGY CARES. Insitutions- social constructs that can explain trends Gender Religion Sexuality
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Education Economy Most Basic Level: Sociological theories are presenting us with various way to make  sense out of society. 18 th  and 19 th  centuries – England France & Germany 1. Rise of an Industrial economy explosive growth of cities political and ideological changes (French Rev. 1789) The Human Roots of Sociology Auguste Comte (French) Coined the term sociology  Sends a letter to the pope and suggest the he step down and let him take over (people  thought he was crazy) Signed: The Founder of Universal Religion, Great Priest of Humanity Can’t explain life circumstances through religion, you explain through SCIENCE LAW OF THREE STAGES  Top: Scientific Stage Middle: Metaphysical Stage Bottom: Theological Stage
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Karl Marx Class Conflict is at the heart of every society According to Marx, there were fundamentally two roups in society: Bourgeoisie (capitalists who owned the means of production/the factories) Proletariats (the workers) The families would be so driven by money that familial ties would be damaged Capitalism  Socialism  Communism.
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  • Fall '10
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  • Sociology, collective conscience, Sociology Auguste Comte, social world Sociology, WEBER Inconvenient facts

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