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Chapter 1: Introduction – Understanding Sociology

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Karl marx was a socialost, who ackknowledged the division of rich and poor and wanted to do something about it all


Emile Durkheim focused more on teh functional parts of society and how they added up to create a fluid like society to maintain stability


Due to changes as human evolved with technological advances, our society started to change thanks to the the Age of Enlightenment 

Social change came majorly from the industrial revolution, where social problem emerged due to growing cities with new roads and jobs boomed.

A crucial element for social structure is that the social pattern must be outside a formal organization

a goverment is a social structure that has more than one person contributing to social patterns. They appoint officials to have power over individuals.

before the inductrial revolution families had to create a family 7+ to help work on the farm/fields. as cities emerged, family size decreased significantly and they all worked in factories. 



Social inequality- the unbalanced distribution of power, property or status in society. Children are powerless and easy to control so child labor was prevalent.

Economic inequality can affect ones lives detrimentally. Not having enough money for housing, healthcare and education can affect the persons health and life.

Welfare programs created during the Great Depression of 1935 were designed to provide economic/social support to families in difficult times.  Gen after gen, families became heavily dependent so the Welfare program was soon made for just a single mother with NO MAN in the house/taking care of the kids.


C. Wrights Mills used the term sociological imagination, the technique to see the details of our lives as a spec