Sociology is the study of society and interactions between individuals.
C. Wright Mills
Sociological imagination: understanding the hidden aspects of society and understanding historical & structural factors that our existence is embedded in.
Troubles: Problems that affect the personal life
Issues: Problems that affect society
Don't believe statistics for their appearance
It is important to know where the stat came from and what it meant at the time (be critical)
"Black youth deaths" stat example
Studied the case of the Tuskegee Syphilis experiment. The purpose was to study the life course of syphilis in black males from 1936-1972.
UNETHICAL: told they would receive treatment but never did. Were not allowed to receive any treatment at all.
Elizabeth Fernea & Robert Fernea
Perceptions of the veil in Muslim countries. Many actually see it as empowering and a status form. It allows them mobility, protection from violence.
Bachelorette parties are a "free pass" from social norms. Some try to neutralize these guilty feelings through Matza's techniques. Very sexualized.
Sports are a gendered institution.
sports are socially learned, so men have a "easier" time with them.
defined as masculine.
Lower class males see sports as a means to status. Upper class males see it as expression of masculinity.
Clifford Shearing & Phillip Stenning
Disney World is an example of social control. Makes guests perceive that they are controlling their own behavior as to make their lives easier.
Proves seduction is just as powerful as coercion.
Focused on symbolic interaction (microsociology). We put on different "faces" for different social interactions.
Horne, McIlwaine, & Taylor
Social context influences the social control of children. Parental "sixth sense". Four adult strategies: Confrontation, Explanation, Keying (changing the focus), Avoidance [most successful and common].
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