The Yale sociologist Kai Erikson wrote a book called Wayward Puritans, in which he
drew on court records from colonial Massachusetts to understand deviance in the past.
He learned that the rate of out-of-wedlock births was much higher than it i
A high school football coach is worried about how she should handle her roster. On one
hand, its her job to try and win as many games as possible, which means playing the
best players; on the other, her contract also requires that she try to al
Research on teen smoking and other deviant behaviors has found that the most
important factor in statistically predicting if a teen will take up a particular deviant
behavior is the presence or absence of peers who also engage in that behavior.
Pam Fishman studied conversations between heterosexual couples to determine how
power is created and maintained through face-to-face interactions on an everyday
basis. Given this information, how would you describe her approach?
Although everyday cultural practices, such as greeting a friend, giving flowers, or using
the thumbs-up sign, seem like natural ways of acting, why does an awareness of how
they vary across cultures demonstrate a healthy sociological imaginatio
Example of Social Facts, location, and perspective in a Detroit News article
September 10, 2009 Getting away with murder is the norm in Detroit Police chief
calls city's closure rate 'abysmal Charlie LeDuff / The Detroit News
Social Fact: At least 7 in 1
Durkheim & Social Integration
Interested in explaining suicide rates in Europe
Whats one key distinction between Durkheim & early sociologists?
1st sociologists to conduct social research
Found that protestants, males, unmarried (social location) killed s
Social Location: Detroit and Suburban legislators represent very different group
of constituents w/ different concerns.
Social Facts: Detroit city legislators are relatively ineffective in sponsoring
legislation that has a substantively positive impact o
What is SOCIOLOGY?
Study of society and human behavior, Sociologists are interested in
SOCIAL CHANGE-Changes in relations between people and
SOCIAL LIFE-How people and/or groups get along and interact
SOCIAL CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF SOC. CHANGE:
Regardless of which methodology they use, what are all sociologists trying to do?
explain why social change happens
illuminate the connection between the individual and society
explain why poverty and inequality still exist
Why are there disagreements within sociology about how to define the discipline?
Society is always changing.
Sociologists are trained to be contentious.
There is actually very little disagreement about how to define the discipline.
What did Harvard Medical School researchers conclude about the effects of the media
on young people in Fiji, who until recently lacked widespread access to television?
Television had few effects when it was first introduced, but will probably b
Which theorist argued that if people define a situation as real, it is real in its
W. I. Thomas
George Herbert Mead
When a college professor begins to lecture, and th
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Some people are disturbed by Goffmans work, because it seems to suggest that no
one is ever being honest about who they are. What would Goffman say to this?
He would argue that, while people are always trying to deceive, they are rare
A student sitting through a boring class glances over at a friend and rolls her eyes. What
would Erving Golf call this?
an expression of behavior
How is a role different from a stat