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Anomie
the loss of direction felt in a society when social control of individual behavior has become ineffective
applied sociology
the use of the disipline of sociolgy with specific intent of yielding practical applications for human behavior
Basic sociology
sociological inquiry conducted with the objective of gaining a more profound knowledge of the fundalmental aspects of social phenomena. aka pure sociology
clinical soc
the use of the dicipline of sociology with the specific intent of altering social relationships or restructuring social instituitions.
conflict perspective
a socilogical approach that assumes that social behavior is best understood in terms of conflict or tension b/t competing groups
dramaturgical approach
a view of social interaction in which people are seen as theatrical performers
dysfunction
an element or process of a society that may disrupt the social system or reduce its stability
feminist view
a sociological approach that views inequity in gender as central to all behavior and organization.
functionalist perspective
a sociological approach that emphasizes the way in which the parts of a society are structured to maintain its stability
globalization
the worldwide integration of gov. policies, cultures, social movements, and financial markets through trade and the exchange of ideas.
ideal type
a construct or model for evaluating specific cases.
interactionist perspective
a soc approach that generalizes about everyday forms of social interaction in order to explain society as a whole.
latent function
an unconscious or unintended funtion that may reflect hidden purposes.
manifest function
as open, stated, ad conscious function
natural science
the study of nature and the ways in which they interact and change.
nonverbal communication
the sending of messages through the use of gestures, facial expressions, and postures.
science
the body of knowledge obtained by methods based on systematic observation
social inequality
a condition in which members of society have differing amounts of weath, prestige, or power.
social science
the study of social features of humans and the ways in which they interact and change
sociological imagination
an awareness of the relationship between an individual and the wider society, both today and in the past
sociology
the scientific study of social behavior and human groups
theory
a set of statements that seeks to explain problems, actions, and behaviors
verstehen
the german word for understanding or insight;used to stress the need for sociologists to take into account the subjective meanings people attach to their actions