Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Class Name: Date when Due: Seeing the general in particular is about understanding that individuals choices are highly influenced by the society and being able to identify general patterns in particular people’s behavior. Seeing the strange in the familiar means that things are not usually as they appear to be. Mills describes sociological imagination interactionism explains social behavior by how individuals interact with each other through symbols. Micro-level is concerned with individual’s face to face interactions while macro level focuses on the social structure on a wider scale. Both are important because they help in understanding human behavior at different levels. However macro sociology is better because it focuses on wider structures. [...]
Short Answer Response: 1. What did Peter Berger mean when he said the sociological perspective is "seeing the general in the particular"? Why, in individualistic North America, can the sociological perspective be described as "seeing the strange in the familiar"? 2. What did C. Wright Mills mean by "the sociological imagination"? How does this point of view reveal a limitation of what members of our society call "common sense"? How does it change the way we see personal problems? 3. Name the three social changes in European history that were especially important to the development of sociology. Why did change spark the development of sociology? Which social change do you believe had the greatest impact on the development of sociology as a discipline/science? Why? 4. Explain the focus of the structural-functional approach. Please give an example of this theoretical paradigm. Distinguish between manifest and latent functions. Please give an example of each in relation to your personal life. 5. Explain the focus of the social-conflict approach. Please give an example of this theoretical paradigm. What is social structure? How do the structural-functional and social-conflict approaches understand social structure differently? 6. Explain the focus of the gender-conflict or feminist approach. Compare and contrast this approach to the race-conflict approach. Using each of these approaches, provide several sentences that offer a critical analysis of our society. 7. Discuss the contributions of W. E. D. Du Bois. Why are his works in the field of sociology is so significant. Discuss Max Weber idea of ‘value-free research. Why is this idea so important in understanding sociological research? 8. Explain the focus of the Symbolic-Interactionist approach. Explain the difference between a macro-level and micro-level theoretical orientation. Give an example of each. Why would it be important to understand the interactions of society from both perspectives? In your opinion which does the better job of explaining society in general?