Connecting Sociology and YOU!

Chapter 1: Introduction – Understanding Sociology

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Marx- workers in field, german, Conflict theory, the role of political and economic power and oppression contributing to social order


Durkheim- bakery and store, french, Functionalist theory, macro view of how the parts of society serve to maintain stability


Mead- couple in meadow, american, Symbolic interaction a micro view of how society is the product of interactions between people 

Weber- verstehen- an empathetic approach to understanding human behavior, combines micro and macro more of a sense of you have to be in their shoes to get it

feminist theory- view on anti-oppression, gender relations, and gender inequality

queer theory- a critical view rejecting gender, sex, and sexuality

These are the common characteristics and functions of social 

organizes behaviors of large groups of people, capable of coercing individuals and groups, provide norms rules and practices, assigns roles and powers to induvial and groups, encompasses large geographical areas


Social inequality- the unequal distribution of power, property, or prestige in society


public issue- a matter that impacts the society as a whole


anomie- the breakdown of social values, norms, order resulting in social instability


social change- the forces that change the organization and the structures of society