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Courses in Sociology

Courses in Sociology Appeared in many .universities in the 1890 s .The American Journal of Sociology began publication in 1895″and the American Sociological Society (now the American Sociological Association) .was organized in 1905. Whereas most of the early European sociologists came from ,the fields of history political economy, or philosophy, many of the early American sociologists had been social workers, ministers, or ministers’…

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PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIOLOGY

PERSPECTIVES IN SOCIOLOGY In order to study anything, one must begin by making some assumptions about the nature of what is studied. For example, the ancient Greeks believed that the universe was run according to the whims of the gods. by contrast, all scientists assume that the universe is orderly, and operates in certain regular ways which we may be able…

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The Evolutionary Perspective

The Evolutionary Perspective The evolutionary perspective is the earliest theoretical perspective in sociology. Based on the work of August Comte (1798-1857) and Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), it seemed to offer a satisfying explanation of how human societies originate and grow. After a few decades it fell from favor, and is now once again becoming fashionable. Sociologists using the evolutionary perspective look for patterns of change…

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The Interventionist Perspective

The Interventionist Perspective The interaction perspective suggests no grand theories of society, since “Society “the state,” and “social institutions” are conceptual abstractions, while only people and their interaction can be studied directly. Symbolic interventionists such as G. H. Mead (1863-1931) and C. H. Cooley (1846-1929) connect sale upon this interaction between individuals and groups. They note that people interminably through symbols which webdesigns, gestures, and most importantly, through…

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The Functionalist Perspective

The Functionalist Perspective In this perspective a society is seen as an organized network of cooperating groups operating in a fairly orderly manner according to a set of rules and values shared by most members. Society is seen as a stable system with a tendency toward equilibrium, that is, a tendency to maintain a balanced, harmoniously operating system. In the functionalist perspective, with…

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The Conflict Perspective

The Conflict Perspective  Although it stems from the work of many scholars, the conflict perspective if>most directly based upon the work of Karl Marx. (1818–1883), who saw class conflict and class exploitation as the prime moving forces in history. Largely ignored by sociologists for many.years, the conflict perspective hall recently been revived by C. Wright Mills [1956, 1959], Lewis Loser [19561, and others…

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Comparison of the Perspectives

Comparison of the Perspectives  Which is the best perspective? This question cannot be answered, for none is “right” or “wrong,” but each is a different way of looking at society. Just as international relations can be viewed either as a state of war interrupted by intervals of peace or as a state of peace interrupted by intervals of war, so society may…

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SOME STUDY SUGGESTIONS

SOME STUDY SUGGESTIONS A common complaint of sociology students is, “1 rend the book and I know the material, but I can’t seem to figure out the tests Naturally enough, students who have studied are puzzled and frustrated when their test scores do not reflect what they feel they have learned. Why does this happen? The textbook, material in an introductory sociology course…

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