Durkheimss Sociological Analysis of Suicide
Societies managed to remain stable because of their solidarity
o Mechanical and organic solidarity
Why Suicide? Popular views
o Romanticism, Romeo and Juliet
o There does seem to be a strong basis
Historical, Social & Intellectual Forces
Nation-State & Political Revolutions
o French revolution
o American revolution
Industrial Revolution and the Rise of Capitalism
o From Feudalism to Capitalism
o The new cities and its problems
o Capitalists and wo
Weberian Perspectives on the Origins of Capitalism
Why did capitalism arise in the West?
According to Weber, capitalism is not motive by greed, self interest, and profit
Capitalism is an economic system in which participants seek to make more
Durkheim: Why Societies stay the same
Why did a peculiar form of capitals, characterized by a particular ethos toward
work and money, arise in the West rather than elsewhere in the world?
What was the role of religious ideas, particularly the
Word of the Day: Epiphenomenal
Oxford English Dictionary
o Something that appears in addition; a secondary symptom.
o In psychology, applied to consciousness regarded as a by-product of the material
activities of the brain and nerve
Was the French Revolution a Bourgeois Revolution
Marx is the author of dialectical materialism, which posits class struggle as
the engine of social and historical change
o Social classes are defined by the mode of production in a given historical pe
Methodology and Field Study
A theory is proposed. A theory is a proposed explanation for a phenomenon
o IN 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alexander, which declared freedom of
choice plans unconstitutional and led to desegregation orders.
What is feudalism? When was it present?
social and legal system that existed before capitalism
expresses self and true human identity
products have "Use value"
personal relationships among people
What is commodity fetishism?
explains shift in relationship
Word of the Day: Autonomous
Self governing, independent
RECAP: Ethnographic Methods
Ethnography is participant-observation
o Direct observation
o Fine-grained, up-close
o Perceptions, motivations and experience
It focuses on different questions than stati
The Origins of Capitalism: A Weberian View
Why did capitalism originate largely in the West?
In the West, why did capitalism first emerging Protestant countries?
Capitalism has now spread across the globe, especially Asia. Why did i
Windows to Society
- Sociology is about making connections to between our live and others
o Sociological imagination allows us to make these connections
o Sociology shows that the real world is much