I. The Basics of Sociological Investigation.
A. Sociological investigation begins with two key requirements:
1. Apply the sociological perspective.
2. Be curious and ask questions.
B. Sociology is a type of science, a
Chapter 1 Study Questions
1. How can a sociological imagination help you better understand your world?
2. Why do social contexts matter?
3. Where did sociology come from, and how is it different from the other social sciences?
4. How can this boo
Research Study Questions
1. Differentiate between a factual question, a comparative question, and a theoretical
question and give an example of each.
2. The text book discusses seven steps in the research process (pp. 34). What are the
The Sociological Imagination
Stepping Outside of Yourself
common sense we
take for granted
the way it is
Putting Yourself in Someone
I could imagine what its like to be an LSU
Whats it like to be a teacher
Understanding different cultures
Cultural Relativity and the specific
demands of cfw_different cultures
Different environments, different social
Ethnocentrism: more likely when we are not
thinking about social conditions
Interactionist, functionalist and conflict perspectives on:
Functionalist: Talcott Parsons, Kingley Davis and Wilbert Moore. Social classes emerge
because an unequal distribution of rewards is essential in complex societies.
Sociology 2001 Lehman, Spring 2014 Exam 1 Study Guide
Social Imagination- According to C. Wright Mills, the ability to see how social conditions
affect our lives
Social Conditions- The realities of the life we create together as s
SOCL 2001 Exam 1 Study Guide
Topics / Terms / Important people, etc. that appear in both the textbook and class presentations
The Sociological Imagination
C. Wright Mills: author of The Sociological Imagination
The Sociological Imagination: the ability to
Sociology Exam 1
The sociological imagination
What is sociology?
- Defined as the scientific study of social behavior and human groups
- Looks at how social relationships influence attitudes and behavior
- Examine how societies are established and how the
Old dead people
Karl Marx (not a real sociologist)- conflict is a part of everything
Historical materialism - social issues result from conflict over resources
o Conflict drives social change throughout history
Humans dominate environment
Race, Ethnicity and Ethnic Group: a group of people who share
physical characteristics, such as skin color and facial features, that
are passed on through reproduction; cultural characteristics that we
learn; a group of people who identify with a commons
Social Groups two or more people who interact w/ one
another, who share a common identity and a sense of
Primary group- a relatively small group or people who
engage in intimate face to face interaction over an extended
Secondary groups a
Race and ethnicity
Why do people participate in deviance?
Strain theory (Robert Merton)- people engage in deviance when there is a strain
between goals (financial success, fame) and me
Sociology- systematic study of social interaction at a variety of levels. studies
how society influences you, your beliefs and behavior.
C Wright Mills
ability to see the connection between individual lives & larger social
1) Sec. 1.1 What is Sociology?
a) Sociology: the systematic study of social interaction at a variety of levels.
b) Social interaction: the process of acting toward and reacting to people around us.
c) 1.1a Are You Unique?
c.i) Yes and
Study Guide: Exam 1, Chapters 1-6 Wednesday Sept. 21st
Sociology the systematic study
bound together by common
of social interaction at a variety
interests and attitudes. Social
facts and division of labor.
Sociological imagination the
Society refers to people who interact in a defined territory and share culture. This chapter
explores four important theoretical views explaining the nature of human societies, focusing on
the work of Gerhard Lenski, Karl Mar
Social Interaction in Everyday Life
I. Social interaction is the process by which people act and react in relation to others.
II. Social Structure: A Guide to Everyday Living.
Social structure guides human behavior rather than rigidly determinin