Essentials of Sociology

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A. Seeing the Broader Social Context a. Sociological Perspective – stresses the social contexts in which people live i. How do groups influence people? ii. How are people influenced by society?

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Essentials of SociologyChapter One: The Sociological PerspectiveA. Seeing the Broader Social Contexta. Sociological Perspective stresses the social contexts in which people livei. How do groups influence people?ii. How are people influenced by society?b. Society a group of people who share a culture and a territory.c. Sociologists look at social location to answer core questions i. Why do people do what they do?d. Social Location the corners in life that people occupy because of where they are located in society.i. Sociologists look at how jobs, income, gender, race-ethnicity, and age affect peoples behavior.e. C. Wright Mills (1959) The sociological imagination [perspective] enables us to grasp the connection between history and biography.i. History each society is located in a broad stream of events, giving each society specific characteristics.ii. Biography our experiences within these historical settings give us our orientations to life. People dont do what they do because they inherited internal mechanisms.iii. The society in which we grow up, and our particular location in that society, lie at the center of what we do and h

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