Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective Section 11: Analytical Skills Memes = units of information Section 12: Research Skills Problem with popular information about social issues: lacks social scientific legitimacy Section 13: Applied Skills Clinical Sociology = uses sociological analyses of society to offer public policy suggestions for addressing present-day social problems Section 14: Sociology in a Contemporary World Sociology does not claim to answer every human answer -ex: existence of God are beyond the study of sociology Marx, Weber, Durkheim, and many of the other classical sociologists we have considered shared an interest in understanding the impacts of industrialization on traditional society Globalization = local-global articulations and their impacts on society and personal identity -one of the most popular concerns of contemporary sociology Technology -expansion of the role of technology in our personal lives Identity -the core of our identities is not as organic as it once was -we are impacted by the myriad of symbols, ideas, information, and popular culture Violence -role of violence dates back to prehistoric times and still today impacts large numbers of people Consumption -expansion of consumer society and the increasing imbrication of consumerism Geo-Politics -ex: 9/11, Osama bin Laden Ecology -More people have begun to focus more attention on ecology due to the dwindling fossil fuel resources, destruction of rain forests, endangered species, ect. Signification -Postmodernism = a series of contemporary concerns emphasizing the fluid nature of meaning and reality as well as the breakdown in traditional forms of legitimation in the world.
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