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Sociology Chpt 1

The College Network prep course for CLEP exam

conflict perspective The view where society is a compsite of groups with clashing interests struggling over scarce social resources
sociology The systematic study of human society and social interaction.
society Large social grouping that shares the same geographic area, subject to a common political authority and dominant cultural expectations.
social fact Patterned ways of behaving, thinking, and feeling generated at the individual level but observable at the societal level
anomie A condition or situation in which society provides little moral or behavioral guidance to an individual.
capitalist class The class that owned the key economic resources in industrial society. Also known as the bourgeoisie class
industrialization The process by which societies are transformed from agriculture-based exonomic activity to manufacturing-based economic activity.
urbanization The movement of an increasing proportion of a society's population from rural areas to cities.
functionalist perspective Views society as a relatively stable and orderly system composed of interdependent and interrelated parts.
latent function The largely unintended and unrecognized consequences of an activity or social institution.
macro-level A focus on the social institutions and large-scale social puocesses that shapr society as a whole.
manifest function The intened, expected or overtly recognized consequences of an activity or social institution.
micro-level A focus on the dynamics and meanings of face-to-face interactions between people and small groups.
proletariat working class
working class proletariat
social dysfunction The undesirable consequences of an institution or activity for the social system.
social structure The stable, organized patterns of social relationships and social institutions that exist within a particular group or society.
sociological perspective The ability to see the geeral in the particular.
symbolic-interaction perspective A view of society as the ongoing product of the everyday interactions and shared meanings of people and groups.
theoretical perspective A basic overall image or paradigm used to organize a way of understanding society.
theory A set of logically interrelated statements that attempts to explain, describe, and occasionally predict how tow or maore social phenomena are related.
sociology the application of the scientific method to the study of industrial society would allow for the improvement of society.
bourgeoisie class The class that owned the key economic resources in industrial society. Also known as the capitalist class.
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