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Sociology 1

Sociology Terms

Society The aggregate of people living together in a more or less organized community
Sociological perspective The study of human life and social interactions and how these interactions shape society
Functionalist perspective Society is a system of interconnected parts that work together in harmony to maintain a state of balance for the whole
Conflict perspective Society is a struggle for power between groups competing for limited resources
Interactionist perspective Social processes (conflict, cooperation, identity) form from human interaction
Qualitative research Exploratory research; gains understanding of underlying reasons, opinions or motivations
Quantitative research Way of generating numerical data; measurable data to formulate facts and uncover patterns
Hypothesis A starting point of an investigation; a supposition or proposed investigation
Variable A feature or factor that is liable to vary or change. Independent variable = the variable that doesn't change. Dependent variable = what you measure
Correlation Describes the degree of relationship between two variables
Causation The relationship between cause and effect
Material culture The physical evidence of a culture; the objects and architecture they make
Nonmaterial culture Social roles, rules, ethics, and beliefs; the abstract ideas that are not embodied in physical objects
Norms Cultural products which represent individual's basic knowledge of what others do and what they think they should do
Values A person's principles of standards of behavior
Created by: MissCianci



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