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Introduction

Framing our ideas about Politics and Society

TermDefinition
Qualitative data is information about qualities; information that can't actually be measured. Some examples of qualitative data are the grace with which you run, and the color of your eyes.
Quantitative data are measures of values or counts and are expressed as numbers. Quantitative data are data about numeric variables (e.g. how many; how much; or how often).
conservatism based on tradition, social stability, respect for established institutions, favours a strong military
communism theory that does not believe in class, private property and communal ownership, all industries are owned by the state
marxism theory written by karl marx and freidrich engels, philosophical base for communism
neo marxism the revived marxist ideology, modern approach to classical marxism
laissez-faire allow to do in french, minimal government input for economical affairs and individuals in society
Political spectrum The system used to describe a person's political position. It runs from left to right with moderate in the middle.
Ideology A set of common ideas and beliefs. It can be religious, social, political, economic or cultural.
Capitalism An economic system that features private ownership of the means of production.
Socialism A political and economic system in which most forms of property and resources are owned or controlled by the public or the state.
Liberalism A political ideology based on the protection of civil liberties and using government to address social inequalities.
social stratification a system where society groups and ranks people in a hierarchy.
feminism the belief that women should have the same rights and opportunity's as men.
libertarian ism an ideology believing that people should behave freely and not have limits put on them.
fascism a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views and a strong central government
xenophobia extreme hatred for/fear of foreigners and strangers.
Enlightenment A period in the 18th century which great political and social changed occurred in Europe. It involved rejection of religion and an embracing of science and rational thought.
Deliberative democracy A system of government where laws are passed and decisions made after in depth discussion, debate and eventual consensus. Many countries practice deliberative democracy.
Dialogue A conversation focused on airing or considering different view points.
Debate Is a formal discussion on a particular issue. usually involves a proposition, chair and opposition.
Active listening Is an important communication technique in dialogue,debate, negotiation and conflict resolution. It involves asking questions for clarification and verifying you understand fully what the opposition said.
Social class Social class is the division of a society based on the social and economic status of a member in society.
Structural functionalism Structural functionalism is a sociological theory that attempts to explain how and why society functions as it does.
Social conflict theory SCT is a theory in sociology that views society as a place of inequality that generates conflict and social change.
Symbolic interactionism Symbolic interactionism is a theory about social behavior which explores how people interact with one another based on the meanings they assign to language, actions and statuses.
Democracy Democracy is a form of government where the people choose who they elect to power.
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