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JPC SCC Vocabulary

Sociology Exam#1

Functionalist a society is viewed as a stable, orderly system
Conflict groups in society are engaged in a continuous power struggle for control of scarce resources
Sybolic interactionists focuses on the specific interaction among people
Cause and Effect a relationship in which change in one variable causes a change in another
Independent Variable the variable that causes the change
Dependent Variable the variable that changes
Spurious Correlation an apparent, although false, relationship between two (or more) variables caused by some other variable- a trivial or meaningless correlation
Culture the values, beliefs, behavior, and material objects that, together, form a people's way of life
Material Culture the physical creations that members of a society make, use, and share
Symbols/Gestures anything that meaningful represents someting else
Language a set of symbols that expresses ideas and enables people to think and communicate with one another
Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis language shapes the view of reality of its speakers
Values ideas about what is right or wrong, good or bad, and desirable or undesirablre in a particular culture
Norms established rules of behavior
Mores norms that may NOT by violated without serious consequences
Folkways norms that may be violated without serious consequences
Laws written norms
Ethnocentrism the practice of judging another culture by the standards of one's own culture
Cultural Relativism the practice of evaluating a culture by it's own standards
Society people who interact in a defined territory and share a common culture
Resocialization the process by which people abandon their old sleves and develop new ones
Created by: jpclark