any size groups
key element is the ability to view one's own society as an outsider would, rather than only from the perspective of personal experiences and cultural biases.
allows us to go beyond personal experiences and observations to understand broader issues
look beyond a limited understanding of human behavior to see the world and its people in a new way and through a broader lens than we might otherwise use.
an awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society, both today and in the past.
What society gives to individuals, how it binds them together
how society shapes us
how individuals are shaped by dealing with the demands of others
how individuals are shaped by dealing with the demands of society
effects on attitudes
interaction with those around us
none of us live in isolation
population increasing or decreasing
kinds of people leaving areas and coming into areas
where people are coming from or leaving for
who is going to show up, and from where
who gets what, how much, and why
obtaining power, by obtaining resources, by gaining control
powerless to bind themselves together
Feared that the excesses of the French Revolution had permanently impaired France's stability.
Hoped that the systematic study of social behavior would eventually lead to more rational human interactions
coined the term sociology
Observations of customs and social practices of both Britain and the US
Book: Society in America, religion, politics, child rearing, immigration, social class distinctions, gender, race
emphasized the impact that the economy, law, trade, health, and population could have on social problems, Activist, women's rights, religious tolerance, emancipation of slaves