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Soc 101 test 1


Sociological Imagination Link between social forces and individual personal experiences.
Sociology Scientific study of patterns of human society
Microsociology Study small groups face-to-face
Macrosociology Study large groups
Theory Statements of propositions that seeks to explain or predict a particular aspect of social life.
Paradigm Particular approach to the study of some parts of life.
Phenomena A model of the thing under study that includes a set of assumptions about nature of that theory.
Social Structure Patterns of social relationships and social institutions that comprise society.
Social Institutions An established and organized system of social behavior with a purpose
Operational Definitions Explanations for abstract ideas
Conceptual Definitions Explanations using concepts to define other concepts.
Hypothesis A speculative statement about the relationship between 2 or more factors.
Variables A measurable trait or characteristic that is subject to change under different conditions.
Independent Causes or influences another variable
Dependent Affected by independent
Qualitative research Interpretive research seeks to understand from the point of view of te researched and phenomena.
Quantitative research Approach that relies on gathering facts and figures, sometimes uses existing data.
Hawthorne Effect People act differently when they know they are being observed.
Culture The complex system of meaning and behavior that defines that way of life for a given group or society.
Material Includes all things that humans make or adapt from raw stuff of nature.
Artifacts Things made by humans that make up material culture.
Symbols Anything that represents something else to more than one person. Stands for something other than itself.
Language Made up of symbols with rules for use
Norms Rules concerning behavior and sanctions.
Values General or abstract ideas about what is good and desirable as opposed to what is bad or undesirable.
Beliefs Shared ideas held collectively by people with in a given culture.
Ascribed Assigned to a person by society with out regard for persons unique talents or character.
Created by: Mhay