the sum of practices, languages, symbols, beliefs, values,
ideologies, and material objects that people use to create
meaning in their lives.
a set of practices and patterns of behavior that are viewed as
common, acceptable, and ev
Chapter 5: Groups & Networks
Social group: interact regularly, know status
o Peer group, church, sports, know status
Primary group: regular contact, emotional attachment
o You care about family
Secondary group: Impersonal interaction
o Class, work
Chapter 3: Culture & Media
What is culture?
A set of values, beliefs, traditions, language, behaviors, and practices
Socially transmitted from generation to generation
The belief that ones own culture or group is superior to others
Reading gap between wealthy and poor widens
Proctor & Gamble lose $700 million in profits
Research Methods - Approaches
Quantitative Methods already in or can be converted to numeric form
Qualitative Methods cannot be readily
Chapter 6: Deviance & Social
Transgression of socially established norms
How can we deviate from the norms?
What is abnormal?
Outside the norm
Deviant change where you are (location)
What do others think of you?
Labeling Theory (+/
Family as a Social Institution
Has functions (seen through functionalism)
o Social stability
o Material aid
o Descent and inheritance
o Care and socialization
o Sexual regulation
o Emotional comfort
A normal family
Nuclear family Consisting of
Does the VA allow veterans to access quality and timely healthcare?
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, is a government-run veteran benefit
system with the main purpose of providing benefits to veterans and their families. One of
Professor Jeffrey Lodge
November 16, 2015
Nowadays, it seems as though many people are unhappy with their jobs. However,
employment satisfaction ratings do not necessarily predict whether someone is going to commit
The Sociological Perspective
I. The Sociological Perspective.
The social world guides all our life
A.Sociology is the systematic study of human society.
B. The sociological perspective helps us to see general
social patterns in the beha
I. What Is Culture?
Culture refers to the beliefs, values, behavior and
material objects that, together, form a
peoples way of life.
[if !supportLists]1. [endif]A. Culture has two basic
components: nonmaterial culture, or the intangible
Society refers to people who interact in a defined
territory. This chapter
explores four important theoretical views explaining the
nature of human societies, focusing on
the work of Gerhard Lenski, Karl Marx, Max Weber,
Herbert Spencer- Social Darwinism
Emile Durkheim Social Integration-degree to which people are tied to their group-must study the group
Talcott Parsons- Stressed Sociology as a theory Public sociology
C.Wright Mills- Social Reform August Comte- Positivism