SO141 Finals Test
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SO141 Finals Test
Intro to Sociology
C. Wright Mills
referred to the Sociological perspective as the intersection of biography and history
History- Location in broad stream of events
Biography- Individual's specific experiences
Exteranal influences- experiences become part of thinking and motivation
Karl Marx- Class Conflict
Engine of Human history is class conflict
The bourgeoisie vs the proletariat
Marxism not the same as communism
Introduced conflict theory
Max Weber & the Protestant Ethic
Religion and the origin of capitalism
Disagreed with Marx's claim that economics is the central force in social change, said that role belongs to religion
Weber called this behavior the Protestant ethic; he called their readiness to invest capital in order to make more money the spirit of capitalis
The symbolic interaction approach
Symbolic interactionism views symbols, things to which we attach meaning, as the basis of social life.
1. Through the use of symbols, people are able to define relationships to others; to coordinate actions with others, thereby making social life possible; and to develop a sense of themselves.
2. A symbolic interactionist studying divorce would focus on how the changing meanings of marriage, family, and divorce have all contributed to the increase in the rate of divorce in U.S. society.
Choose research method
is the breaking down of national boundaries because of advances in communication, trade, and travel
the extent to which research produces consistent or dependable results
the language, beliefs, values, norms, behaviors, and even material objects that characterized a group and are passed from one generation to the next
a system of symbols that can be combined in a infinite number of ways and can represent not only objects but also abstract thought
expectations of "right" behavior
Robin Williams added values to the core values list
False. Williams identified 10 values, Henslin updated Williams list with three more
Five interrelate values in American society
Difference between ideal culture and real culture
Ideal culture is a group's ideal values, norms, and goals. Real Culture is people's actual behavior which often falls short of their cultural ideals.