Gerth lasting contributions to sociology in English speaking countries was the selection and translation of Max Weber's works. While Mills embraced many of Weber's ideas, he also was deeply troubled by Weber's notion of intellectual value neutrality.
Weber's value neutrality in the social sciences meant setting aside one's personal biases and beliefs when conducting scientific research. Mills believed in the case of Weber such an approach gave institutional support for Imperial Germany. Additionally, value neutrality denied the policy considerations created by social research Horowitz, Another concern Mills had was that Weber's writings had become far too influential to American sociologists looking for an answer to Marx and the old Left.
Yet despite these differences, Weber had a great influence on Mills. Weber's greatest influence on Mills, and perhaps all of sociology, was his concept of stratification. Weber conceives of class as an economic interest group and a function of the market.
Unlike Marx, Weber emphasized economic distribution, not production, and described people sharing the same class as having the same economic situation Cox, On one hand, Weber makes a simple argument that class is about the property one has or doesn't have.
On the other hand, he makes an argument that class has a relationship with the market. Weber believed that people of a similar class have similar "life chances" in a market; that is, there are certain things in the market that they would have a chance to compete for and other things that would simply be beyond their reach. Those who own more have greater life chances because they can afford the chance to compete for more things Weber, Throughout his book The Sociological Imagination , Mills comes across issues of stratification and refers to Weber having providing a sufficient understanding of the issue for the purpose of the particular topic being addressed Mills, Weber also influenced Mills on his ideas bureaucracy and power.
While many understood Weber's concept as a descriptive of the everyday bureaucratic world, Mills took from Weber the concept of bureaucracy as power and clearly power that is managed by the elite. Weber noted that individuals do not surrender authority to people in positions of authority, but rather to the impersonal order, or bureaucracy, which has delegated the authority to this person Hilbert, I don't really know much about it, but I think in a nutshell it has to do with people failing to recognise that their own personal situations, problems, lives, etc.
Sorry, not much help. Oh, and that it isn't just us "regular" people who tend to do this, but also people in authority and government.
This is a big reason why so few societal problems get addressed or even acknowledged in their early stages or at a grass roots level. In Los Angels, for example, nobody notices 50 gang members. But if you had 50,, then OMG it's a big whoop-dee-do. This is the first chapter of his book. It covers the key points of what sociology is and how to go about asking useful questions B. It includes this section on the three kinds of questions we can ask: What are its essential components, and how are they related to one another?
How does it differ from other varieties of social order? Within it, what is the meaning of any particular feature for its continuance and for its change? What are the mechanics by which it is changing?
What is its place within and its meaning for the development of humanity as a whole? How does any particular feature we are examining affect, and how is it affected by, the historical period in which it moves? And this period - what are its essential features?
How does it differ from other periods? What are its characteristic ways of history-making? And what varieties are coming to prevail? In what ways are they selected and formed, liberated and repressed, made sensitive and blunted? And what is the meaning for 'human nature' of each and every feature of the society we are examining? In other words we can ask what kinds of people are we today, what kinds of problems do we have, how are these socially constructed, what are the broader structures and sets of values we've got now, what kinds of contradictions do they create and how have these all developed?
Why do children seem to have less freedom to go outside and play freely and without supervison today than they did a generation ago? Why do so many families seem to have difficulties balancing work and family time? What kinds of pressures are there on students today, are some students more at risk of felling pressured and why? How did the pattern of having a 'gap year' between school and college develop? Is it functional or dysfunctional for individuals, and for society in general?
I'm glad I could help! My was a sociology major myself. Good luck and feel free to contact me with any questions or survey requests.
I am going to write my Sociology Honours thesis in , and this has given me a fantastic head-start for ideas and inspiration for topics. Recently taught Social Psychology at the African Christian College in Swaziland and really enjoyed teaching it because of how practical it is. Socialogy just another great way to see the world through the eyes of a social science. When you combine these studies with anthropology, political science, etc..
It gave me an idea.. Here's a link to a book about the study of family stability and differences between cultures: Google Scholar is a great place to find material about this. I would also search sociological journals for more info.
How does the U. Those are great topics! I hope you have a wonderful day also! I haven't been writing much lately, but do pop in once in a while. Thanks for stopping by. It has been a while. I see you are still informing the masses. Just wanted to drop by and suggest the voting habits v charitable contributions of independents would be an excellent sociology project especially since the independent vote seems to always be the most important demographic in any presidential election!
A lot of the ones listed above are good topics for a presentation. I once watched a presentation about family dinners that was interesting. I am so glad this could help your students It's so nice that you took the time to comment. It's reasons like this that I write these articles. I do teach sociology of education. I landed on this list because i wanted to organise an exhibition for my students.
Sociology incorporates much more than I originally thought; it really is a vast science. So, thanks for delineating what sociology is all about. I'm definitely going to look into several of these topics. I would, but I am part of the apprenticeship program, which requires that I don't publish any hubs that are about HP.
It would be such a great hub to write, though. Forgive me for making such a bold suggestion but I feel only you could do the topic justice If you write any, post the link here so I can link to your article. I think I need to add a section for morays, because they are definitely a big part of sociology. Another really informative and professional hub. I would like to see a sociology paper on the contrats between current morrays and past morrays. I would think that would be fascinating. Brittany, this is fascinating!
I love reading about sociology and this is such an amazing list of topics that I want to study them and consider writing about some. Absolutely brilliant and I am sharing! They're all online - free, no papers to write, no books to buy. As I understand it, if you complete the course and participate in the discussions, etc you get a certificate at the end. I am going to see if any of the classes are in my area and line up with my busy schedule.
I would love to take a FREE soc class! What a great opportunity. Thanks again and for leaving a comment. I always enjoyed sociology subjects and have done studies on the women's movement and media studies. Even though I've taken it before, I signed up for it again - sort of a refresher course, I guess. Lots of interesting topics here, like someone said, I'd like to go to the library and get all sorts of books to read about them but know I won't have the time.
Josh, Thank you so much! I also love culture and society obviously and am glad that this list may inspire you to write! You have such an excellent format in that hub; I really appreciate my spot in it with the quote.
Cyndi, thank you too! I majored in soc too and still think it is one of the most versatile majors--you can go into so many fields. Thanks again for your comment.
Hi Brittany, this was a great article. I majored in Sociology in school and you are so correct, it can give you so many topics to write about.
I'm glad Millionaire included you link in his article. Brittany, I have included this hub in my favorites for the month. Not only are they great topics for when we need something to write about, they would be interesting reads to see different people's take on the same subject.
Brittany, this is such an interesting hub - so detailed! You may well have given lots of other hubbers some inspiration for what to write about next: I found this topic quite informative to those who have just started to ponder over the issues for carrying research. Here, I just say "Wonderful". What a great list of topics! Sociology always interested me as well. I am bookmarking this hub, and voting up. I absolutely loved this hub, Brittany!
I find sociology really fascinating, especially superstitions, social movements, food ethnicity, and mass media I guess I'm interested in most topics you mentioned and I love how you gave examples of each.
You also got me wanting to write hubs about some of these topics - that would be so interesting to research! This is an extremely impressive list of topics. Indeed, many of them are very interesting. You've done a fabulous job of putting it all together, voted up and interesting.
I can definitely make one on linguistics and am thinking about adding more sources to the list so people know where to start their research. Thank you so much! I would love it if you made some hubs out of these and would love to link to them. Let me know if you do that. This is so fabulous! Sociology is so fascinating to me. You've got me wanting to write hubs on all these topics or at least go to the library and pick up gobs of books to read up on these topics.
I was a sociology minor in college and still find it a fascinating topic today. I think that's why I like reality shows like "Survivor" - they're kind of like sociology experiments. Thanks for the good list of topics. Kallini, Thank you for reading and commenting. I loved that photo; it really shows the true meaning of solidarity. Thank you for sharing! It just seemed to me - sociology is about everything.
But I agree with you - we live in society; therefore, it is necessary and interesting to know what our societies all about, how they operate Sociology of food was something new to me
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