Unit 1: The Sociological Perspective

This chapter introduces the sociological imagination and core sociological concepts, including social structure, social institutions, social change, social interaction, and diversity. It distinguishes sociology from other social sciences, examines the historical development of European and American sociology, and summarizes the major theoretical frameworks.



    Read: Chapter 1: Developing a Sociological Perspective

    Attend: The Sociological Perspective

    applied sociology capitalism conflict theory
    debunking diversity dramaturgical model
    empirical Enlightenment functionalism
    humanitarianism institution issues
    latent functions manifest functions organic metaphor
    positivism postmodernism power
    social action Social Darwinism social facts
    social institution social structure sociological imagination
    symbolic interaction theory sociology troubles