The Social Context View of Sociology

The Social Context View of Sociology

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Every student taking Introduction to Sociology is a member of a population (male, female, Black, white), exists within a collectivity (sociology class, concert member, crowd), belongs to a social class (upper, middle, lower), interacts in a group (peer group, work group), comes from a family (two parent family, single parent family, blended family) lives in a community (small town, urban center, hometown), goes to an association (university, hospital, military), communicates through a network (MySpace, political networks), and lives out their life in a society (America, Iraq, Sweden). By examining each of these levels of social organization, the social world suddenly becomes alive, real, and understandable. qI get itq is a common reaction to this approach. The Social Context View of Sociology provides a solid foundation upon which new students can fully understand the discipline of sociology. The approach is different from other introductions to sociology in that it helps students order their knowledge in a unified manner by examining nine levels of social organization and provides an immediate insight into the relevance to their lives.The after-Thanksgiving sales on aquot;Black Fridayaquot; are examples of dispersed groups , as thousands of shoppers spread out across the country to find bargains. They often line up outside stores the night before and sleep on the pavement to be the first in line the next morning to get the best deals. This same phenomenon occurs when new video game equipment (e.g. Xbox 360 Core Console Video Game ... All of the gamers involved are not collectively concentrated in any one location.

Title:The Social Context View of Sociology
Author:Marty E. Zusman, David Knox, Tracie Gardner
Publisher: - 2009


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