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What are sociology and the sociological imagination? Who coined these terms?
Sociology: Scientific study of social interactions and social organization
Sociological Imagination: the ability to see how our private experiences & difficulties are reflective of the structural arrangements of the society & time you live in
Coined by C. Wright Mills
Is sociology a science? What type of science?
Yes, sociology is a science. It is a social science & pursues the study of social interaction and group behavior through research governed by rigorous and disciplined collection of data and analysis of facts.
What is the concept of free will? Is a free will philosophy sociological?
Free will: the philosophical assumption that individuals can dictate their own lives free of any social constraint or external factors.
Who are Harriet Martineau and W.E.B. Du Bois?
Harriet Martineau was an English sociologist. She insisted that the study of society represents a separate scientific field. Authored the first book on methodology of social research “How to Observe Manners and Morals” published in 1838. Undertook the comparative study of stratification systems of Europe and US. Was an ardent defender of women’s rights. showed similarities between the position of women and Western societies and that of American slaves, called for freedom and justice for all. Efforts were marginalized by the men who dominated the field.
W.E.B. Du Bois was a leading African American intellectual and one of the founders of the NAACP. Analyzed racial inequality and advocated radical changes to eliminate it. Did field work and gathered information on the African American community of Philly, which appeared in the Philadelphia Negro in 1900. Developed theoretical understanding of radical inequality.
Be familiar with Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Auguste Comte, Max Weber, Erving Goffman, George Herbert