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Sociology C1

An Invitation to Sociology

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perspective a particular point of view; a way that an individual thinks about something
conformity behavior that matches group expectations
sociology the scientific study of social structure; patterned social behavior
social structure the patterned interaction of people in social relationships
sociological perspective a view that looks at the behavior of groups, not individuals
sociological imagination the ability to see the link between society and self
positivism the belief that knowledge should be derived (come from) scientific observation
social status the study of social stability and order
social dynamics the study of social change
bourgeoisie the social class which owns the means for producing wealth. For example: factories, farms, businesses, etc.
capitalist a person who owns or controls the means for producing wealth
proletariat the working class; the people who perform the labor (do the jobs) for the bourgeoisie
class conflict the ongoing struggle between the bourgeoisie (owners) and the proletariat
mechanical solidarity social dependency based on a widespread consensus of (agreed upon) values and beliefs and dependence on tradition and family.
organic solidarity social interdependency based on a high degree of specialization of roles (different people within the group have specific roles)
verstehen understanding social behavior by putting yourself in the places of others
rationalization the mindset emphasizing knowledge, reason and planning
abstract expressing a quality or characteristic apart from any specific object or instance; existing in thought or as an idea but not having a physical or concrete existence
theoretical perspective a set of assumptions about an area of study accepted as true
functionalism approach that emphasizes the contributions made by each part of society
manifest functions intended and recognized consequences of an aspect (part) of society
latent functions unintended and unrecognized consequences of as aspect (part) of society
dysfunction negative consequences of an aspect (part) of society
conflict perspective approach emphasizing the role of conflict, competition, change and constraint (limits) within a society
power the ability to control the behavior of others
symbolic interactionism approach that focuses on the interactions among people based on their mutually understood symbols
dramaturgy approach that depicts interaction as theatrical performances - as if we are actors playing different roles in our life
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