Charles Cooley : An American Sociologist Essay

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Charles Cooley was an American sociology who studied units of society that he termed, “primary groups,” and he also looked at the role of the individual and human nature and the interrelatedness between the three facets. His theory can be applied to the current social issue of worship battles. No, this is not rap battles taking place inside the church, but rather the tension churches have on what type of worship music should be played. Cooley would suggest, when communication is used, an alternative solution/group can be formed that pleases both traditional music and contemporary music groups.
Charles Cooley is an American sociologist born in 1864 at the University of Michigan college campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. His father was a well-known lawyer and Charles Cooley had a hard time living in his father’s footsteps. As boy, Cooley was sick a lot, which may be related to the dysfunctional relationship with his father. To add to Charles struggles, he also had a speech impediment.
Cooley was always a reader and enjoyed reading the works of Herbert Spencer and Charles Darwin. His readings influenced his life’s work more than his college courses. In college, he majored in Engineering, although he did not like this discipline. In graduate school, he obtained a Ph. D. in political economy and a minor in sociology. He was very interested in sociology, but there was no department of sociology at Michigan at that time. On the bright side, it was in graduate school that Cooley met…

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