HOW TO THINK SOCIOLOGICALLY
Last time we rejected the idea that sociology is the study of the social world. Sociology studies everything and is
characterized by a particular way of thinkink.
Connection between biography and history
February 27, 2013
What you have from socialization are individuals pursuing their own things.
The notion of embeddendess suggests that it is not enough to know about the rational interest of the individual. You
have to take into account of th
March 4, 2013
Metaphors are not just flowery language. They should be part of the curriculum of all the disciplines.
Metaphors are tools for thinking. Metaphors are part of the basic infrastructure. These can become
operative in interactions a
February 20, 2013
Why inequality gets reproduced over and over again? Why do people still believe there is still inequality?
Accumulation of social distance.
A little social distance starts early in life and then it accumulates.
Money is cer
February 25, 2013
Concerned cultivation- children are invested in a set of skills and concepts that are internalized. These have a lot to
do with language.
At school, kids come in with different class backgrounds. Then, in school it gets tran
SOCI W 1000
February 18, 2013
The Formation of Unequal Selves
Three directions of sociological research about socialization:
The formation of the self
Process of obtaining membership in a collectivity
The reproduction of inequality
Culture as composed of contradictions and oppositions
Culture is not a unitary complex of beliefs, values, norms and practices that all somehow fit together, but a
system of contradictions and binary oppositions (masculine/feminine,
January 30, 2012
How To Think Sociologically
People act not in reaction to what the situation really is, but on their interpretation of what is real.
Actions are based on how we perceive the situation and what we define is real
Socialization is the process of producing, forming and shaping human beings. It is
Meaningful- it takes place through the mediation of meaning and not rote imitation or instinct
Interactive- it can only happen through intera
Instinct, habits and the self
Language enables its users to provide also descriptions of themselves, and thus become objective with respect
to themselves. i.e. to have something like a self. To become a human being is to possess a sel
February 4, 2013
How does Luker utilize this insight?
Pro-choice and pro-life activist differ not only in their beliefs and political stances, but also in their position in
social structure. Pro0choicers are up and pro-lifers are down; or pro-