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Chapter 1: Introduction – Understanding Sociology

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Sociology: the scientific study of social relationships, institutions, and societies 

Sociological Perspective: the process of understanding and explaining how individuals and groups interact within society 

Social Structures: the distinctive and stable arrangements of social patterns that form the society as a whole 

Social Problems: societal conditions that harm segments of society 

Sociological Imagination: the ability to see the details of our own lives in the context of larger social structures as opposed to merely personal choices or personal troubles 

Social Change: the forces that change society’s organization and social structures