March 21, 2014
A (Gendered) Tour Through a Toy Store
1. What is the layout of the store? Are there distinct boys and girls sections?
I decided to visit a local retail store and critique the layout of the toy sel
Sociology & View of the World
March 7, 2014
Gendered Toy Store
I went in to a Toys R Us on a Friday afternoon. It was located in Culver City, California.
While I was there, I spent time analyzing the toys, but also how the c
Seeing and Thinking Sociologically
There was a Tutsi massacre occurring in 1994. Ordinary people, unexpected
people such as nuns were helping to kill millions of Tutsis. Doctors refused to care
for Tutsis and even dragged them to be killed out of
Sex and Gender
Sex- Born with
Gender- Given by society
Men make more with any amount of education than women with the same
amount of education
Women without education have not benefited
o Educated women have benefited with higher salaries
Salem witch trials
Why did the witch hunt happen?
People became afraid of being accused themselves, and others were
Deviance is relative: Doing something in one context might not considered
o Ex. Drinking alcoho
Excerpt from C. Wright Mills, The Sociological Imagination
(originally published in 1959)
This classic statement of the basic ingredients of the "sociological
imagination retains its full vitality and relevance today and remains one of
the most influentia
soc readings week 7
Social Implications of the Internet
Internet was supposed to lower inequality
Teenagers are more online than adults
Urban places offer more public places for internet
Test scores are better when there is a
The Sociological Imagination
1. As people become more paranoid, they become more frightened and trapped.
2. Depending on surroundings, the lives of people change.
3. Ordinary people do not normally question their surroundings, they jus
Sociology, Science and Society
Professional Sociology: The writing journals type. Publish. Publish. Publish.
Policy Sociology: Tries to improve the society. Improve.
Critical Sociology: Stepping back and critically examining and thinking
Societal Types of Technology
What happens to society after they become industrialized when they were
previously agriculture run.
o We are interdependent in ways that cause us to interact with each
1) Were the prisons guards and prisoners real? Was there really a
It became that way when people started taking ownership of their roles.
When someone told them that they couldnt leave, the began feeling
People start identifyin
If people collectively define a situation as real, it is real in its consequences.
Defining the Situation
The understandings that people develop together to interpret what is going on and
to interpret the meanings of the words and a
before we are ben born we are part of something
people don't really study their own race, particularly whites
whites have always felt a sense of belonging and have never been
questioned in that way
white people believe that they do not e
Sociology Week 9 reading
Researchers think that hands on experience is important
Logical deductions is one way to know things
But if deductions are wrong, conclusion will be too
People reason there way into further ignorance
People make conclusions fr
The Sociological Perspective
Robert Mertons Middle Range Theories: Explanations that tie together many
research findings but avoid sweeping generalizations that attempt to account for
everything. This stops things theories that cannot be proved.
Sociology: We are interested in social forces, not the individual.
AKA-Contexts (v. individuals)
People act differently in different contexts. Contexts change people
o Ex. People act differently in classrooms than in social events. What outside f
Mobility: Movement of groups in individuals across position with a system of
Ex. A peasant cannot become a king
Types: Horizontal- movement with in the same rank, Lateral Movement
Vertical-movement up and down
Intergenerational- parents c
People who are white middle class are seen as the top of the class.
o For example if there is a gay doctor they put gay in front of his
name. They dont say a straight doctor.
o Marked/Unmarked- Women in the military
Inequality- does the internet increase or decrease inequality
314-Social isolation or social capitalization
o Does the internet create or disintegrate connections
Does the internet help people find others with the sam
Sociology & View of the World
April 14, 2014
A Social Revolution: The Brown Berets
The National Brown Berets (NBB) has taken the responsibility to use the power
of the people to make systematic change to advance the Chicano movement.
April 14, 2014
Black Panther Party
The Black Panther party was founded in Oakland, California, by young black people who
fought for freedom and the ability to have equal rights in society. The Black
February 8, 2014
Education and Democracy
1. What is the purpose of higher education? In our society, the average American believes that
degree granting institutions will ensure that college students develop generic skills
Sociology and View of the Worlds
1. What do you think is the purpose of higher education?
Higher education is usually considered to serve two general purposes: enlighten students in
Sociology and View of the World
Analysis of Student Activism and the New Left
As a student at an institution famous for its self-proclaimed activism and social responsibility, I
felt compelled to examine the ro
Body Ritual Among the Nacirema
We are the Nacirema
The Radical Idea of Marrying for Love
Marriages were not at first created out of love, they were necessary for the
system to survive.
Marriage was a type of government.
Georgre Bernard Shaw says Under th
Culture: Totality of learned, socially transmitted, customs, knowledge, material, and
behaviors. Ex. How you walk, talk, how close you stand, how you celebrate holidays,
when to show certain emotions, what is the purpose of life?!etc.