Tuskegee syphilis study
In 1972 reports of the data appeared in the national press and
due to criticisms the study was stopped in 1972/73.
Of the 400 infected men, at least 28 (or more than 100), had
died directly from advanced syphilis.
In 1972, an inve
Sociological Theory and Research
Thinking Like A Sociologist:
Sociologists use a Sociological Perspective to explain
human attitudes and behavior
This perspective is important because it provides a
different way of looking at familiar worlds. It allows us to
gain a new vision of social life.
The sociological per
Social facts (And patterns of attitudes and behaviors-voting,
crime, mental health etc.)
Sociologists Test their assumptions
Common sense is not enough, Why?
Your experience may not be everyone elses
Systematic study is needed to make sound
Reactions to Deviance
Imprisonment, which follows the degradation ceremony
(public trial/pronouncement that the person is unfit to live
among law-abiding people), is an increasingly popular reaction
to crime but fails to teach inmates to stay away from c
Kohlberg and the Development of Morality
Psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg concluded that humans go
through a sequence of stages in the development of morality.
our morality begins at childbirth and we are amoral! The
amoral stage is when the child does not
Applied Sociology: conducting research to answer a specific
Does the job training program lead to employment that
pays a living wage.
Social Reform: Using sociology research to solve problems
Lobbying for legislation that increases
Illegitimate opportunity theory to explain why social classes
have distinct styles of crime.
They suggest that these differences are due to differential
access to institutionalized means.
Illegitimate opportunity structures are opportunities for
Durkheim & Social Integration
Interested in explaining suicide rates in Europe
Whats one key distinction between Durkheim & early
1st sociologists to conduct social research
Found that protestants, males, unmarried (social location)
Gender Messages from Peers
One of the most powerful sources of influence is the peer
group, individuals of roughly the same age who are linked by
On average, girls reinforce images of appearance and
behavior appropriate for