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Leach Soc Chap 1

Leach Sociology Terms Chapter One

sociology social science that studies human society and social behavior
social sciences related disciplines that study varios aspects of human social behavior
social interaction how people relate to one another and influence each other's behavior
social phenomena on observable fact or event that involves the human society
sociological perspective a viewing of the behavior of groups in a systematic way
sociological imagination ability to see the connection between the larger world and our personal lives
anthropology comparative study of various aspects of past and present cultures
psychology science that deals with the behavior and thinking of organisms
social psychology study of how an individual's behavior and personality are affected by the social environment
economics study of the choices people make in an efort to satisfy their wants and needs
political science study of the organization and operation of governments
history study of past events
social Darwinism perspective that holds that societies evolve toward stability and perfection
function positive consequence an element of society has for the maintenance of the social system
Vestehen empathetic understanding of the meanings others attach to their actions
ideal type description of the essential characteristics of some aspect of society
theory systematic explanation of the relationship among phenomena
theoretical perspectives general set of assumptions about the nature of phenomena or social life
functionalist perspective theoretical perspective that views society as a set of interrelated parts that work together to produce a stable social system
dysfunction negative consequence an element has for the stability of the social system
manifest function intended and recognized consequence of some element of society
latent function unintended and unrecognized consequence of some element of society
conflict perspective theoretical perspective that focuses on those forces in society that promote competition and change
interactionist perspective theoretical perspective that focuses on how individuals interact with one another in society
symbol anything that stands for something else and has shared meaning attached to it
symbolic interaction interaction between people that takes place through the use of symbols
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